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Anti-Racism Reading List June 2022
10+ thought-provoking articles worth reading and sharing
We continue to have a lot to deal with and hold. For me, personally, this month did not turn out anything like I thought it would. You may hear more about that in due course. In the meantime, I’ve continued to read. Here are some of the articles that caught my eye recently.
1. Juneteenth 2022: Commemoration without Commercialization by Lisa Hurley
Some corporations were so excited by the money to be made from the Black community from the new federal holiday of Juneteenth (which also happens to be more than a century old, but that’s another story) that they put their performativity on show with themed products. It was just plain wrong, and my sister Lisa was one of the leading voices on LinkedIn calling it out. Here’s her take on it:
2. No, James Patterson Doesn’t Have It Hard by Vena Moore
While we’re on the subject of bovine excrement, James Patterson’s claim to be oppressed as a white man in publishing is a fine example of what happens when you open your mouth without thinking. For him of all people to claim that is egregious, and it bears no resemblance to the facts that show that despite inroads by a few authors of color, publishing remains largely white.
For another take on the Patterson debacle, read “White Man Claims It's Too Hard For White Men To Get Writing Gigs” by Allison Gaines
3. “What’s a Black Girl Like You Doing with a White Girl Name Like That?” by Theresa M. Robinson
When I was working in the UK, someone asked me a version of this question, so Theresa’s article really struck me. Read and learn about naming strategies Black parents use, and why.
4. 5 Undeniable Traits Of The Perfect White Supremacist by Rebecca Stevens A.
There are no lies detected in this article by Rebecca Stevens. I’ve met people like this, especially the first type in meetings where I was the only Black person in the room.
5. How privileged employees can help protect victims of microaggression by Abi Adamson
I don’t know about you, but as a Black woman, I’ve very rarely been in a position where a white colleague has interrupted racism. That’s just a fact. On the contrary, they’ve been more likely to compound the harm by apologizing for the colleague who’s perpetrated the racism. This article talks about using privilege for good, which is much needed.
Want to progress on your allyship journey and take the lead on anti-racism, wherever you are? Check out the Anti-Racist Leaders Association, where I’ll be co-leading a group to ensure effective allyship at work and beyond. Doors open in July!
6. When War is Peace and Freedom is Slavery by Anastasia Reesa Tomkin
Sadly, the novel “1984” isn’t just a fiction. We see people pushing doublethink and “alternative facts” all the time. We need to pay attention and do better.
7. Proximity is not experience by Christen Flack Behzadi, MD
In this LinkedIn post, Dr Behzadi undermines the Black/Asian/Indigenous friend defense, pointing out that it means nothing, and suggesting another way forward:
I’m returning to the topic of performativity, this time in relation to allyship. As my sister Lisa often says “the work is the work”. You can’t get away from that if you’re serious about anti-racism.
9. What Can Racism Look Like In The Workplace? (Part 1) by Lea Jovy-Ford
If you want to be a true ally, one way is to pay attention to the real experiences Black and Brown colleagues and other often excluded colleagues are likely having in the workplace. Who gets the benefit of the doubt, and who doesn’t? This article highlights some of the ways bias and racism show up.
10. The 5 Stages Of Coming To Terms With Being Racist by Becky, Anti-Racist Leaders
I don’t often share two articles from the same site, but I thought this was an interesting take on examining one’s own racism.
Well, that’s it for this month, folx. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this month’s collection!
P.S. Full disclosure: I will be working on the anti-racism piece with Diverse Leaders Group.
Thanks for reading,
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