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A thoughtful, succinct argument in favor of PoC as a political term of cross-racial solidarity that highlights the problems with the term BIPOC. The authors acknowledge the positive intention of centering anti-Blackness and Indigenous oppression and erasure in US history, while describing the other problems the term BIPOC creates.
The author, who is in a wheelchair, explains why people "helping" her when she doesn't actually need help is harmful. Helped me to reflect on how to make sure that my actions are affirming and empowering rather than paternalistic.
These open-access toolkits in Spanish and English from the Immigration, Critical Race, and Cultural Equity Lab provide accessible guidelines for surviving and resisting a number of oppressive contexts, including racism and DACA. Includes a new toolkit for people of color surviving COVID-19.
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A brief article and infographic that highlights key steps in coping
I found this to be a helpful discussion of why white fragility is only a starting place in ally/accomplice development and the importance of recognizing the power inherent in white supremacy and racism and the need for systemic action.
Provides useful suggestions for how to humbly receive feedback when you've committed a microaggression.
Highlights some of the complexities of trying to be an antiracist ally with a both/and (dialectical) approach - useful for folks new to this work who are struggling with apparent contradictions
Four part podcast series exploring Latinx history and experience in the US (link is to first episode in this series). Includes interviews with Latinx scholars and activists, attends to diversity and intersectionality.
This Robin DiAngelo interview provides an excellent introduction to the concept of white fragility and to how white people (and people with privilege in other areas of identity) are never free of their oppressive socialization and have to actively work against it. Includes good, concrete suggestions for increased awareness, action, and repair.
This weekly podcast hosted by DeRay Mckessan discusses social and racial justice issues, often providing historical background, as well as actions that can be taken currently. Focuses particularly on issues in our current context. Extremely informative, and includes an emphasis on hope, while also looking realistically at injustice and inequity.
A direct and accessible discussion of complex racial issues and how to talk about them. Addresses privilege and power, police brutality, microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and other challenging topics.
Provides links to mental health resources for POC
Describes how inner work can help with liberation. Explores the intersection of mindfulness and social justice.
A South Asian activists writes about the personal impact of her activism work post 9/11. Provides important validation and support for activists from marginalized communities and highlights the need for community care.
Legally resisting the fight against ethnic studies Includes history of ethnic studies classes and evidence of their positive impact
A brief demonstration of how bias is embedded in our lives in subtle, disturbing ways and why diversity is needed in engineering. An automatic soap dispenser that only responds to white stimuli.
Rhonda Magee reflects on how she uses contemplative practice to find grounding while seeing the painful realities of systemic, institutional, and interpersonal oppression (specifically police killings of Black men in the summer of 2016). These practices may be helpful for folks trying to find ways to be aware and engaged without burnout.
Written by a Zen priest, the article explores how true dharma needs to address systemic sources of suffering, rather than solely individual ones. A proposal for a radical dharma that can guide people interested in or practicing Buddhism to incorporate social justice into their practice (a consideration often lacking in American Buddhist practices).
A really incisive, thoughtful analysis of Rachel Dolezal and how her claimed racial identity is a product of her white privilege.
Although this doesn't address positionality, or self-care, it has some useful principles for supporting one's own action during challenging times.
Accessible, personal description of how to be actively engaged, while also engaging in self-care and not getting burned out.
Helpful guidelines and suggestions about how people with class privilege can inadvertently marginalize and silence those from poor and working class backgrounds and how to address those barriers. The context is building coalitions among white people to fight racism, but the ideas transcend this specific context.
"There’s a sad irony in the fact that the solutions offered by those confused by student aggression often expect black students to utilize more grit, more resilience, more endurance to deal with experiences of injustice that they shouldn’t face at all."
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