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Anti-Racism Reading List October 2023
10+ compelling articles for learning and action
I was just about to put together this month’s compilation when an article by Khafre Jay popped into my LinkedIn notifications. Since I learned something from it, it seemed a great place to start today:
Allyship is something I’ve been talking about a lot recently so this article was timely in illustrating an example of allyship some of us might not know about. I love the idea of it being all-consuming rather than a watered down pastiche of itself:
2. Black Women, I don’t care how nice your job is. It’s still the plantation. by Sharla Stevens And The Ancestors
As discussions ramp up about toxic workplaces and the relatively worse outcomes in so many ways for Black people, this article from Sharla Stevens was very timely. It may push your buttons (that’s a good thing, right?) as it forces us to face some uncomfortable truths about the continued exploitation of Black women.
3. The Complexity of Intergroup Harmony: Lessons from My Visit to Rwanda by Robert Livingston
Here, Robert Livingston takes a nuanced approach to dealing with the aftermath of the 2004 Rwanda genocide, and also situates part of the “blame” for the situation on the Belgian colonisers who created divisions that hadn’t previously existed.
4. The white patriarchy in Tennessee by Maryam Abolfazli
When we say inequality hurts everyone, this is what we mean. Colluding with the forces of oppression can’t end well for anyone.
5. The Emerging White Double Consciousness by Dr. Tiffany Jana
One of the things we talk about all the time at Mission Equality is the way in which we’ve been raised and educated to believe certain things about ourselves and our identities. Like race itself, much of this is constructed, and doesn’t always fit us well. Dr Jana unpacks some of this in this article:
Yeah, the over-representation of white folx is an issue in most organisational settings. What I like about this article is that it includes practical tips for fixing that.
7. What Happened When I Spent a Year in Community with 17 White People by Theresa M. Robinson, ABD
I love the qualitative and quantitative data in this assessment of an anti-racism programme. Theresa’s takeaways on the difficulties and benefits of doing this work in community are invaluable, and the comments from people who took part in the programme also make good reading.
8. Stop Talking About ‘Gaps’ in Education—Talk About Harm by Bettina L. Love
The language we use matters, and what it reveals about our perspective matters too. This author explains what the educational experience is like for many Black and Global Majority students - and when we know what it is, we can start to address it.
9. This Artist Creates Masterpieces With Black LEGO Only by Rebecca Stevens Alder
Sometimes it’s nice to have something to celebrate, and I felt joy when the story of Ekow Nimako’s black Lego art resurfaced:
10. American fake doctor in Uganda blamed for deaths of 105 children by Rosebell Kagumire
I’m just going to leave this one here, as I think it’s evident why this is a huge issue:
Bonus: Dr Joy DeGruy explains racism vs prejudice
I liked this because of the question Dr DeGruy asks - it’s a good way to make those who play the “reverse racism” card think.
What stood out to you this month? How will you take ACTION on what you’ve learned today?
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