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Anti-Racism Reading List September 2023
10+ insightful articles for learning and action
Whew - some of this month’s articles really made me think, and stirred up some emotions too. You’ve been warned…
1. UK seaside community unites to restore vandalised statue of Black woman by Miranda Bryant
This happened a while back, but I thought it was worth surfacing, as a reminder that “the fact of blackness” as Franz Fanon put it, can attract such vitriol. The quote from the artist says it all:
2. How Colorism Affects Women at Work by Ruchika Tulshyan
I keep coming back to the issue of colorism and not just because I wrote a book about it. It’s an issue that’s pervasive not just in the Black community but in many Global Majority communities, and it also affects how some white folx relate to people from those communities. It’s something we need to address if we’re ever to decolonise our minds and move towards equality.
3. What Are Micro-Reparations And How Can They Benefit Your Black Employees? by Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D
Mention reparations and some folx are up in arms, yet the potential for good is immense. This article features insights from people who are working to make reparations happen where they are, which is a great start.
4. Resourcing the Anti-Racist Therapeutic Practitioner by Eugene Ellis
Anti-racist therapists? Sounds great to me! This article shares some tips for getting started.
5. Blackness, slavery and anti-racism activism in contemporary North Africa by Tessa Talebi
I know very little about anti-racism in North Africa, so I found this article educational. I hope you will, too.
6. These Women Warned Of AI’s Dangers And Risks Long Before ChatGPT by Kate Storey
File this one under “what do Black and Global Majority women have to do to be believed?” And also under garbage in, garbage out, which Timnit Gebru puts more eruditely:
7. The white woman's scat: five ways white women cause harm by Michelle Shireen Muri
This article highlights the perils of white saviourism among white women, and I’ll let it speak for itself.
8. How Barbados Became a Leader in the Push for Reparations by Janell Ross
It’s back to reparations again, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature my country of residence and this important topic.
9. Asset Framing: The Other Side of the Story by Trabian Shorters
I found this description of the way we talk about certain groups of people, especially Black people, really interesting. It’s a reminder that we can change our language and help to change our thoughts and reality.
10. The Forgotten Holocaust by Rebecca Stevens Alder
It seems to me that every day I learn about some new atrocity committed against Black people, whether it’s new or, as in this case, in the past. This one is pretty awful.
Bonus: Say This Not That - Ending Racism Together
You know how much I love language (well, if you didn’t before, you do now, lol). If you are from the Global Majority, feel free to skip this one. There’s insight into many terms that are best avoided. (Note: there’s some dispute over the origin of “picnic”, though there’s no doubt at all that white folx treated brutalising Black folx as a festive occasion.)
Which article stood out to you most? How will you take action on what you’ve read in the coming month?
Until next time,
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