If you’re just now joining us, be sure to check out our first round-up; it offers a lot of solid foundational information on how to start your journey towards being a good ally. (It is a journey, so get ready to put in the work.) Additionally, here’s last week’s round-up. This week we continue with important things to read and do in the fight for racial justice:
“Where cultural competence suggests that people may meet some arbitrary limit of proficiency related to working with and understanding others, cultural humility requires a lifelong commitment toward learning and rectifying power imbalances, while prioritizing what therapists call ‘mutuality’ (or reciprocity) in relationship-building.” Important read from Lincoln Hill via Forge.
“In the absence of concrete economic and legislative changes, consciousness raising through anti-racist reading is mere filibustering—white people learning about their privilege and power without ever having to sacrifice either.” Saida Grundy in “The False Promise of Anti-racism Books” for The Atlantic.
“Despite the sincere intentions of its author, the book diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. This is unintentional, of course, like the racism DiAngelo sees in all whites. Still, the book is pernicious because of the authority that its author has been granted over the way innocent readers think.” John McWhorter writes “The Dehumanizing Condescension of White Fragility” for The Atlantic.
“It’s easy to buy a book, and it’s easy to say Black Lives Matter, and it’s easy to say, “I’m going to try to do the work.” It’s an entirely different thing to do it. And to do it when the hype is over, the news cycle has moved on, and you’re not getting rewarded for being so brave for saying Black Lives Matter. Now you’re just having to do the nitty gritty work — that’s where the real work is.” Layla F. Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy, gives an interview for TIME.
“Lorde’s own sense of depletion, of restlessness and barely concealed fury are evident in this poem. But so, too, is her unwavering belief in our magic.” If you’re not following Autostraddle’s Year of Our (Audre) Lorde column over at Autostraddle, start.
“I think it’s critical that we also recognize how similar movements have been derailed in the past. There are important lessons from those experiences that can guide the way forward. It’s important to be vigilant. There are already warning signs of how this moment may be co-opted by those seeking only the appearance of change, rather than actual structural transformation.” Amanda Parris writes for CBC; the piece is focused on Canada, specifically, but important points all around.
“I’m a black Pilates teacher. Here’s how the fitness industry can move toward anti-racism.” Important WaPo piece from Sonja R. Price Herbert.
“The simple act of watching a WNBA game—like the act of patronizing a Black- or woman-owned business—is a small but significant way to align your passions and values with your impact on the world.” Nneka Ogwumike and Sue Bird teamed up to write this op-ed; if there’s one small thing you can do right now, it’s getting into WNBA fandom as the league has dedicated its 2020 season to social justice.
If you’re into podcasts, check out Time To Act with host Y-Vonne Hutchinson; it specifically goes into ways to take anti-racism steps in the workplace across many different industries.
Want something really good to watch? We Are The Radical Monarchs is incredible, and it’s streaming on PBS now through August 19th:
Thank you – please stay safe, mobilized and vigilant out there.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, which is why we’ll be continuing to update on a weekly basis. If you have suggestions, or experiences you’d want to share – we have this platform, and would like to offer it up to you – please feel free to get in touch anytime by emailing [email protected]
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