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Anti-Racism Reading List November 2023
10+ thought-provoking articles for learning and action
In looking over this edition, it’s all about turning the lens on some of our less savoury behaviour relating to white centering, allyship and more. Have a read…
1. Why Do White People Get Scared When They See Many Black People Together? by Rebecca Stevens Alder
The other day, I was on social media, and I saw a Black man talking about how white people drew themselves away and clutched their stuff whenever he walked by, no matter how unthreatening he tried to be. As I’ve shared before, that’s happened to me too. And this piece shows that it’s not just in that context that the fear takes hold.
2. Why we need a new definition of ‘anti-racist allyship’ for 2023 by Natalie Morris
As xenophobic rhetoric becomes more prevalent, not just in the day to day, but from politicians and leaders, maybe it’s time to think again about what allyship is as we move forward.
3. My Indigenous Peoples’ Day Wish List by R. Wayne Branch PhD
This article explores an alternate present based on an alternate past without the ills of colonisation. It reminds me a bit of the vision of Wakanda in Black Panther.
4. The story of an internet troll and interfaith allyship by Rahimeh Ramezany
I’ve been listening to and learning from Rahimeh, among others, on what’s happening in Palestine and Israel. As I was going through her profile (because algorithms), I came across this example of allyship that I thought was worth sharing.
5. Catalyst Report Reveals The Major Role White-Centering Plays In Workplace Racism by Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D.
Wondering what white centering looks like at work and how to address it? Dr Janice offers some tips.
6. With Allyship, It’s Best if You Do You by Clay Rivers
Here’s another take on what allyship is like, from someone who edited a whole book on it. Hint; it’s not about perfection.
7. How Black Americans Were Re-enslaved after Juneteenth by Andrew Jazprose Hill
I’ve said before that the “freedom” granted to African Americans after the US Civil War was both partial and conditional - and easy to retract under the law. But some people never got it at all!
8. The Uncomfortable Truth About Truth by Frederick Joseph
This is one to sit with. It’s about the author’s experience as a “Black truth teller” to use his own words, and it’s not always easy.
9. When You Want the Antiracism Cookie by Anjali Prasertong
Ah yes, the allyship cookie. I’m sure many will relate to this article. Although doing right in the name of humanity isn’t a cookie collecting exercise, sometimes the yearning for external validation is strong.
10. Why Some Make The False Claim “Slave Owners” Were “Victims” by Allison Wiltz
I know it’s unbelievable, but it happens. Here Allison Wiltz unpicks the myth.
Bonus: Engage in Making a Future without Race(ism) by Sheena M. Mason (Author) & Donna Druchunas (Illustrator)
This graphic piece encourages us to consider “race” and move towards racelessness - I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Which article did you find most interesting? And what action will you take in your anti-racism as a result? Please share in the comments.
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