My amazing business coach invited us to a 5-day Share The Love Challenge. This was perfect timing as I’ve been working on a series of posts that will highlight a list of resources that have helped my understanding about race EMERGE. Come check out the first post in the Emerge Series for more of the back story.
Where To Find Help
When you are first emerging, tip-toed, into learning about how race impacts you as a white person – it can be pretty overwhelming…who do you trust? On any given day, I can listen to CNN and Fox News and hear polar opposite ends of the same situation. The only thing that has helped me wade through the binaries is learning. There are some really reputable organizations that gift their ideas, resources, and tools to everyone. Why would they do this? I imagine it’s because liberation is more important than hoarding the things that work.
All the resources…
These organizations have been in this work a very long time and they have helpful resources tailored to both individuals and organizations:
Racial Equity Tools has so much to offer! Dive in!
Dismantling Racism Works also has a lot of resources we can learn from!
Equal Justice Initiative offers their incredible research on the history of racism in the U.S. through this calendar!
Resources for white people (and racial affinity/caucus groups)
Have you heard of white racial affinity groups and wondered “what is that?” with a deep side eye? Here are a few things to help you understand the strategy and effectiveness of this type of work:
This section of Racial Equity Tools speaks to use of racial affinity groups to advance equity.
AWARE-LA stands for Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere-Los Angeles and has an awesome toolbox.
Resources for organizations
Organizations that are engaging racial equity will inevitably stumble into some potholes. It’s not because you aren’t trying or don’t care…it’s because white dominant culture impacts our work spaces and it takes a lot of effort to alter that impact in meaningful ways. Here are a few of my favorite places that talk really frankly about the potholes:
Fakequity Blog which comes out every week addressing Fake Equity…a must read!
Woke At Work which has an excellent 2-part series on hiring equity consultants and a ton more!
A few other ideas…
TedTalks are an excellent place to learn. You can google “TedTalks by black women” and get a great list or “TedTalks about race”.
Find local events in your area to stretch your learning and skills in talking about race. Here in Portland, there are lots of events going on. Keep a notebook and jot down names of people that you can follow on social media as well as quotes that resonate or challenge you. Reflect on them and Google some of the words you hear to see who else is talking about these topics.
Follow Indigenous, Black, and Brown leaders on social media and privately journal your feelings, beliefs, thoughts, and actions that their sharing surfaces for you. Some I recommend:
- Walidah Imarisha
- Ijeoma Oluo
- Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
- Lluvia Merello
- Linda Sarsour
- Lakietha Elliot
- Moe Yonamine
- Scot Nakagawa
- Bryan Stevenson
- Mark Charles