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Anti-Racism Reading List June 2023
10+ articles and resources to increase your anti-racism reflection and action
I love reading list time, don’t you? During each month, I collect articles and resources that pique my interest or teach me something, and I look forward to sharing those with you. Here’s this month’s selection:
1. How Hair Discrimination Affects Black Women at Work by Janice Gassam Asare
When it comes to Black hair, it’s often a case of damned if you do, damned if you don’t. And in addition to the known penalties for wearing natural hair, Black women who choose to fit in with the Eurocentric norm have health issues to worry about too:
2. It’s Time to Decolonize the Decolonization Movement by Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD
I was particularly interested in this article as we take a decolonising approach in Mission Equality. It outlines some of the pitfalls of many decolonising efforts, and provides tips on ensuring that decolonisation efforts don’t continue the problem they’re trying to solve:
3. How to raise colour-conscious kids and reflections on the Real Housewives by Sadia Siddiqui
Here, the Language Matters Memo unpacks the bias that appears on Real Housewives, and urges those creating the programmes to do better.
“Producers and TV execs need to clean up their act to better protect the marginalised and minoritised women that appear on these shows and avoid them having to do the emotional labour of educating their colleagues.”
4. Black Cemeteries Force Us to Re-examine Our History with Slavery by Charmaine A. Nelson
This is a good piece on some of the hidden history of Canada, found by one of our readers - thank you! As the author says, the usual positioning ignores some of the complicity that existed:
5. We Should End Black History Month by Dorothy Hines, Ph. D.
I know many Black people have mixed feelings about Black History Month. Dr Hines lays out some of the reasons why in this piece:
6. The Conditioned Apathy Towards Black Americans is a Malignant Cancer by Jeanette C. Espinoza
The author had me at “conditioned apathy” because that’s what it feels like sometimes. In this piece, she brings the receipts via actual comments she’s received. Phew! See for yourself.
7. White Privilege Means Your Irrational Fears are Always Validated by Johnny Silvercloud
Here, Johnny Silvercloud reflects on the murder of Ralph Yarl, and the fear that could have led to his death.
8. Ralph Yarl Deserves Justice: Reflections on Race and Fear in America by Ciarra Jones, MTS
On the same subject, Ciarra Jones delves into how the intersection of “race” and fear plays out to Black people’s detriment, and sometimes death:
Wondering what you can do if you find out your ancestors were complicit or active in the trafficking of enslaved Africans? Rebecca Stevens Alder suggests some options, as she responds to this surprising question:
10. You Got 99 Privileges, but You Can't Ditch One? by Robert Livingston
This is a good exploration of the concept of privilege and how it plays out in our lives, especially in relation to racial identity:
Bonus: Words matter by Latrice Torres
This LinkedIn post gives some different language to use when talking about white folx - while it may be somewhat tongue in cheek, it also makes a great point about how much of the language we use STILL centres whiteness.
Well, that’s this month’s collection. I’d love to know what resonated with you most and what action you’ll take as a result of your reading.
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