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Anti-Racism Reading List March 2023
10 salty articles for reflection, learning and action
It’s reading list time, and this month’s contributors are definitely bringing the salt - you’ve been warned!
1. Why is There So Much Racism in DEI Work? by Melanie Jacob
Let’s start with Melanie Jacob who notes the enduring issue of white folks who don’t expect knowledge and expertise from Black folks, and are uncomfortable when they find it. This time, ironically, it’s about how this shows up in DEI work:
2. Nice for What by Anne Marie
I see a lot of the behaviour Anne Marie talks about here when observing white tourists in Barbados. It’s a luxury I never have as a Black traveler.
Bonus: Buy this salty resource from Kimberley John-Morgan - Guidelines for White Folx Travelling to the Caribbean.
3. Dear White People? Is it So Hard To Tell Black People Apart? by Rebecca Stevens Alder
The number of times I’ve been mistaken for a different Black person (and virtually accused of being wrong when I reveal that we’re not related) doesn’t bear thinking about. It happens a LOT in the workplace, as Rebecca’s article shows:
4. When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs by Tre Johnson
Welp… Tre Johnson isn’t that far off the mark. I know YOU are doing more than just reading, but there are a lot of people who think reading and learning is where anti-racism stops. Newsflash: it’s just the beginning:
5. The art of the denial by Philippe Copeland
This is another thing many deliberately disadvantaged activists see - especially in relation to racism, but also in relation to other marginalised identities. It’s a complete negation of everything we are and experience, and it’s both hurtful and dangerous.
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6. One White Man Did Not Single Handedly 'Free the Slaves' by Dr. Amie "Breeze" Harper
Yeah, no! That white saviour attitude is so dangerous and worse, not true at all, as Dr. Harper points out:
7. The paradox of doing for ourselves by Shereen Daniels
For Black folx, being vocal on anti-racism is often a lose-lose proposition, yet we can’t afford to shut up, either. Here Shereen Daniels exposes some of the paradoxes we face:
8. Sincere Ignorance & Conscientious Stupidity: A Nation That Refuses To Learn by Hannah L Drake
Here Hannah L. Drake calls on people to get their heads out of their backsides (or the sand, if you prefer) and face facts so we can understand and counter injustice and racism:
9. 5 Qualities of Black Excellence Overlooked in the Workplace by Dr. Nika White
Black excellence is not just about being educated or resilient - there are many other ways we show up, as Dr. White points out.
10. Depression shows up differently in Black women—and that could lead to underdiagnosis. Here are the major signs by L’oreal Thompson Payton
Here’s another example of how medical racism can lead to Black women’s illnesses being misunderstood or ignored.
Well, that’s it for another month. What resonated with you most? How will you take action of what you’ve read and learned in the coming month? Remember, ally is a verb!
Thanks for reading,
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