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Anti-Racism Reading List July 2023
10+ articles and resources to further your anti-racism learning and action
Sometimes racism seems like a hydra - when you think you’re getting to grips with one issue, at least two more spring up in its place. Or maybe it’s more of a Groundhog Day situation, where the same issues keep coming up over and over again. Whichever analogy works for you - and feel free to suggest your own - this month’s roundup has some new takes on some old as the hills situations…
1. Why Are Indigenous Mascots Still A Thing? by George Takei and Amelia Mavis Christnot
When George Takei and Jay Kuo said they were launching a newsletter together, I was quick to subsscribe, because I often find good sense in their existing publications. This article shares an Indigenous perspective on mascots, and reveals the hypocrisy in their continued use - and the defence of their use:
2. Job Hoppers Do Not Exist by K Matāotama Strohl (They/Them)
Ideas about Black people’s attitudes to work have been around since colonisation and enslavement - and from my perspective, not wanting to be enslaved or work for enslavers makes good sense. Those ideas continued once my ancestors were no longer required to work for free, and ideas about “quiet quitting” and “job hopping” seem part of the same tainted paradigm, as K points out:
3. 4 Ways Black Parents, who are caregivers for Black LGBTQIA+ youth, can better support their mental health by Black Parents as Caregivers
Some of us don’t want to admit to it, but homophobia is an issue in many Black cultures. Aside from the utter wrongness of denying someone’s identity (As a Black woman, I feel we should know better), it also has a terrible effect on the mental health of Black LGBTQ+ folx:
4. Untangling America’s Issue With Black Hair by Diamond-Michael Scott
Ah yes, the question of Black hair. It seems to surface regularly, whether the texture is judged within our culture, or the style is judged outside it, or anything in between.
5. Feeling My Way through White Spaces by Jesse Wilson
I think many Black folx will relate to the experience this author shares, of feeling uncomfortable with something, trying to work out if it IS racism or not, and then deciding whether to speak up or not. And that constant potential for harm is the reason for the hypervigilance many of us live with in white-dominated spaces:
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6. 5 Times I’ve Experienced «Nice Racism» by Rebecca Stevens Alder
Sticking with the microaggressions theme, Rebecca gives five examples of “racism with a smile” - the gibes that are so insidious it takes you a while to realise they’ve happened. The pain is just as acute, though:
7. Racism Is a Pandemic: We Must Become the Vaccine by Charles Estacious White
This title stopped me in my tracks. Though personally I’m more about the mission of fighting racism because it’s the right thing to do, this author also points out some of the financial costs. In addition, he asks questions about what the world could be like if we eliminated racism. (We’re also asking those questions at Mission Equality.)
8. Juneteenth is White Now by LGWare, The Black Lens
I guess it was bound to happen once Juneteenth became a federal holiday in the USA - corporations started trying to colonise and capitalise on it. And some people decided that including white folx on a Juneteenth banner was a good idea, which it wasn’t. And there’s a certain hypocrisy in some white folx having a long weekend while trying to erase Black history. I could say more, but I won’t - for now.
9. Meanwhile by Pharoah Bolding
Another Black child dead. At the hands of a white woman. As Pharoah eloquently says here, life will be forever altered for some, and nothing will change for others.
10. Opinion: Tim Scott And The Embarrassing Black Conservatives Who Ignore Racism by Dustin J. Seibert
We’re back to internalised racism again, and the Black folx who are complicit in racism denial. This quote by the author is on point:
Bonus: Hey That’s Not Cool by Ernest J. Crim
Ernest J. Crim shares part of a conversation he had with 5th graders (around 10 years old for those outside the USA) about allyship:
Well, that’s it for this month. Which article stood out to you most? What will you DO with what you’ve learned?
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