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Anti-Racism Reading List May 2023
10+ articles and resources to extend your anti-racism learning and action
Whew! Doesn’t it just seem like a LOT has been happening - and not in a good way, either. More people being killed for being Black, more people’s rights being taken away, more inequity wherever we care to look. It makes it more important for us to keep doing our work and the work. Here’s this month’s selection:
1. The Future of Work Is an Opportunity to Do Better With DEI by Ingrid Wilson
Here, Ingrid Wilson highlights the practice of “covering” for deliberately disadvantaged folx in the workplace, with lots of examples of how this shows up.
“When employees are concerned about being discriminated against or judged for their culture, beliefs, groups, communities and unique identities, they “cover” in the workspace — ensuring that their actions, behaviors, and performance does not stand out in the workspace, often suppressing their thoughts and opinions to fit into the corporate culture. Covering is an intentional strategy individuals use to protect themselves, their mental wellness and their personal space. If there is covering in the workspace, then there is not a true culture of inclusion within the organization.”
2. Being both Non-Binary and a Black Woman by Zee Monteiro
It’s funny how things surface when you need to read them. This article shares the experience of the nonbinary author with their reflections on Black womanhood. I certainly found it useful for my own education.
3. The Logic of Slavery Reparations by Olivette Otele
Reparations is a subject dear to my heart. I think that’s because repair and restoration are part of healing. And it’s never sat well with me that the only people who got compensated when enslavement ended were the former enslavers…as the author points out, the Brits haven’t paid a penny in compensation to the descendants of the enslaved. Anyway, I think this is worth a read.
4. Racism and Bias in the Media by Sherry Kappel
I can always guarantee to find something worth reading on Our Human Family. This is an exploration of the perpetuation of bias in the way certain events are reported. Not a surprise to me at all, but useful to see it collected together with recent examples.
5. It Is Indeed A Racist World After All! By Rebecca Stevens Alder
You don’t have to look far to find examples of racism and bigotry, and it’s exhausting to deal with and write about all the time. But we also can’t close our eyes and stop working towards a better world, as Rebecca points out:
Bravo, Rebecca! I feel the same.
6. The Whiteness of Not Wanting to Diet Anymore by Virginia Sole-Smith
It’s not the first time I’ve come across the connection between diet culture and white supremacy, but this podcast chat with Jessica Wilson added some more nuance:
7. Detour-spotting for white anti-racists by jona olsson
This is a long read, but it takes us through 28 common arguments and thought processes that derail white folx when doing anti-racism work, and offers reality checks for each:
8. Racism is Often the Lowest Common Denominator by Marlon Weems
Here, Marlon Weems explains the mental process many Black people go through before deciding whether something is or isn’t racism. Of course, that process can be lightning quick based on past experiences but it happens all the same:
9. The Law Won't Save Us by Olayemi Olurin
The law doesn’t operate equally for everyone. We’ve seen too many examples of that over centuries, decades, years, and in the last few weeks.
10. How Dare You, America by Frederick Joseph
I don’t even know what to say about this piece, except that it is justifiably irate and undeniably moving:
Bonus: There is a big difference between being not racist and anti-racist by John Amaechi OBE
This is a question that comes up all the time. I think John Amaechi explains it perfectly in a recently reissued video. Check it out in his LinkedIn post. There’s also a full transcript on BBC Bitesize.
Which of these has inspired you most? What anti-racism action will you personally take as a result?
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