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Anti-Racism Resources

In an effort to support the Black Lives Matter movement, the Austin Bar offers these resources on anti-racism.

21-DAY RACIAL EQUITY HABIT-BUILDING CHALLENGE CURRICULUM (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)

The Austin Bar Association invites you to participate in a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge to explore and deepen our awareness and engagement in issues of racial equality. The challenge begins July 1 and will conclude on July 29 (21 business days).

CLICK HERE if you would like to receive a daily email containing a link to daily assignments of articles, podcasts, or videos aimed at improving our understanding of inequity issues from microaggressions to systemic racism.  Those who sign up will be invited to participate in a group discussion at the conclusion of the challenge to discuss what was learned and how we intend to effect meaningful change in our lives.

We will be utilizing the following curriculum for the challenge. The curriculum, shared by the Bar Association of San Francisco, was developed by one of their member firms, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, whose Employment Practice Group curated the syllabus following the model established by diversity expert, Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.

DAY 1

Nikole Hannah-JonesAmerica Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It OneThe New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019)
Here is a pdf version of the article.

DAY 2

How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast
https://longestshortesttime.com/episode-116-how-to-not-accidentally-raise-a-racist/

DAY 3

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

DAY 4

Danielle Cadet, Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They Are Okay – Chances Are They Are Not (May 2020)
https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/05/9841376/black-trauma-george-floyd-dear-white-people?fbclid=IwAR36NpuvZYaL08MXUlJRRC6IxeBFO4Bbutzr04Osu06wjQigWMVY1wGxHwI

Katy Waldman, A Sociologist Examines The “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism, New Yorker (July 23, 2018)
https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/a-sociologist-examines-the-white-fragility-that-prevents-white-americans-from-confronting-racism?fbclid=IwAR17xhTEel9Xu-RNDGYayXE8Im3A4BgSA9hXXFRbecBKQ1A9mqAciXVfHq0

DAY 5

Megan Ming Francis, Let’s get to the root of racial injustice, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aCn72iXO9s

DAY 6

Project Implicit, Implicit Association Test (IAT)
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/takeatest.html
(This exercise requires navigating the sign up for the tests, which includes answering a series of questions for the researchers, but it is recommended that everyone do at least these tests: Race, Skin Tone, and Weapons-Race. Also, everyone is encouraged to add these tests if you are able: Asian American, Native American, and Arab-Muslim.)

DAY 7

How microaggressions are like mosquito bites, Same Difference (Oct. 5, 2016)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDd3bzA7450

Heben Nigatu, 21 Racial Microaggressions You Hear On A Daily Basis: A photographer at Fordham asked her peers to write down the microaggressions they’ve encountered. Here is what they had to say, BuzzFeed (Dec. 9, 2013)
https://www.buzzfeed.com/hnigatu/racial-microagressions-you-hear-on-a-daily-basis

Essence Grant, 27 Workplace Microaggressions That’ll Make You Ask “How’d They Even Get Hired?” In conclusion, adults can be wildly dumb, BuzzFeed (Oct. 8, 2017)
https://www.buzzfeed.com/essencegant/workplace-microaggression-horror-stories

Ali Vingiano, 63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project, BuzzFeed (March 3, 2014)
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/alisonvingiano/21-black-harvard-students-share-their-experiences-through-a

DAY 8

James McWilliams, Bryan Stevenson On What Well Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices, Pacific Standard (updated Feb 18, 2019)
https://psmag.com/magazine/bryan-stevenson-ps-interview

DAY 9

Media Portrayals and Black Male Outcomes, The Opportunity Agenda
https://www.opportunityagenda.org/explore/resources-publications/media-representations-impact-black-men/media-portrayals

DAY 10

Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness As Property, Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106 No. 8 (June 1993)
https://sph.umd.edu/sites/default/files/files/Harris_Whiteness%20as%20Property_106HarvLRev-1.pdf

DAY 11

Scott Winship, Richard V. Reeves, and Katherine Guyot, The Inheritance of Black Poverty: It’s All About the Men, Brookings (March 22, 2018)
https://www.brookings.edu/research/the-inheritance-of-black-poverty-its-all-about-the-men/

Karma Allen, More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds, ABCNews (Jan. 22, 2020)
https://abcnews.go.com/US/50-homeless-families-black-government-report-finds/story?id=68433643

DAY 12

Hannah Giorgis, Black Art is dangerous because it marries the personal and the political, The Guardian (Feb. 22, 2015)
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/22/black-art-dangerous-personal-political

Reggie Ugwu, Lena Waitheʼs Art of Protest: The “Queen & Slim” writer on mixing art and politics, the key to collaboration and those infamous comments about Will Smith and Denzel Washington, The New York Times (Dec. 2, 2019)
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/02/movies/lena-waithe-queen-and-slim.html

Bryan Stevenson, “We can’t recover from this history until we deal with it.” legacy of slavery and the vision for creating the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum, Harvard Law School YouTube (Jan 30, 2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRJX5jvORzQ

DAY 13

Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood, YouTube (June 27, 2017)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKzEF22fK24

Adrienne Green, How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent: A new study finds that adults view them as less child-like and less in need of protection than their white peers, The Atlantic (June 29, 2017)
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/black-girls-innocence-georgetown/532050/

DAY 14

Perspectives in Poetry:

Richard Wright, Between the World and Me: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/between-the-world-and-me/
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/richard-wright)

Langston Hughes, Harlem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46548/harlem
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/langston-hughes)

June Jordan, Poem for Ms. Fannie Lou Hamer:
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48763/1977-poem-for-mrs-fannie-lou-hamer
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/june-jordan)

Audre Lorde, Who Said it Was Simple: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42587/who-said-it-was-simple
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde)

Claudia Rankine – “You are in the dark, in the car . . .” – https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/56848/citizen-you-are-in-the-dark-in-the-car
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/claudia-rankine)

Alice Walker, The World Rising: https://alicewalkersgarden.com/2015/09/the-world-rising-2015-by-alice-walker/
(author bio: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/alice-walker)

Perspectives on Change:

The Beatles – Revolution #1 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLGzRXY5Bw) v. Nina Simone – Revolutions 1 and 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2_NVX-T8iM) & Mississippi Goddam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghhaREDM3X8)

DAY 15

Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege
https://nationalseedproject.org/Key-SEED-Texts/white-privilege-unpacking-the-invisible-knapsack

DAY 16

George Johnson, White gay privilege exists all year, but it is particularly hurtful during Pride, NBC News (June 30, 2019)
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/white-gay-privilege-exists-all-year-it-particularly-hurtful-during-ncna1024961

Laverne Cox Talks about Intersectionality at Harvard (Video clips) (March 11, 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jY3F1pIxHMA

D-L Stewart, Black Trans Lives Matter (TEDxTalks) (April 22, 2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs67v5klQI4

DAY 17

N. K. Jemisin, How Long ‘Til Black Future Month? The Toxins of Speculative Fiction, and the Antidote that is Janelle Monae, Blog (Sept. 30, 2013)
http://nkjemisin.com/2013/09/how-long-til-black-future-month/ (music videos optional)

DAY 18

Sam Dylan Finch, 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive, Everyday Feminism (May 29, 2017)
https://everydayfeminism.com/2017/05/allies-say-this-instead-defensive/ (Short read and video)

DAY 19

Jolie A. Doggett,4 Questions About Hair that Black Girls Are Tired of Answering, HuffPost (Feb. 14, 2020)
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/black-hair-annoying-questions_l_5c5b3d71e4b08710475a3daf

Jessica Moulite, Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time, The Root (Jan. 16, 2020)
https://theglowup.theroot.com/exclusive-rep-ayanna-pressley-reveals-beautiful-bald-1841039847

Hair Love, Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full), Sony Pictures Animation, YouTube (Dec. 5, 2019)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28&feature=youtu.be

DAY 20

National Conference for Community and Justice, Colorism (History, Facts, and Videos)
https://www.nccj.org/colorism-0

Natasha S. Alford, Why Some Black Puerto Ricans Choose ‘White’ on the Census: The island has a long history of encouraging residents to identify as white, but there are growing efforts to raise awareness about racism, The New York Times (Feb. 9, 2020)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/09/us/puerto-rico-census-black-race.html

DAY 21

Karyn Lacy, How to Convince a White Realtor You’re Middle Class, New York Times (Jan. 21, 2020)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/21/opinion/black-discrimination-study.html

Who is “Karen” and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?, On the Media (Podcast) (May 29, 2020)
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/who-karen-and-why-does-she-keep-calling-police-black-men-on-the-media?fbclid=IwAR2TkeMeXL0kLv1ilZutGFZpd3AQByLFgkPIFc2p2LYS7ha9_ygbn3F2U9c

EXTRA RESOURCES:

“The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture today launched Talking About Race, a new online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture.”
https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D, Critical Racial and Social Justice Education: List of Resources
https://robindiangelo.com/resources/

Verna Myers, How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, TED Talk (video) (Dec. 15, 2014)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYyvbgINZkQ

John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017)
https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/

Janice Gassam, Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias (Forbes, Dec. 29, 2019)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/janicegassam/2020/12/29/your-unconscious-bias-trainings-keep-failing-because-youre-not-addressing-systemic-bias/#4b51df181e9d

Michael Harriott, How to Be a Better White Person in 2020The Root (Jan 9, 2020)
https://www.theroot.com/how-to-be-a-better-white-person-in-2020-1840868641?utm_medium=sharefromsite&utm_source=_facebook&fbclid=IwAR12F3wQnflAPPY8VKCT5tr6Fa60nT7VT2OT4CKDoWzudGdJSuOkfldpaTU


GENERAL ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)

CLICK HERE to view a working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. These resources have been ordered in an attempt to make them more accessible. Resources will be added continuously.

CLICK HERE for another document intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work. 

CLICK HERE for a an essential reading guide for fighting racism.

CLICK HERE for a list of black-owned independent bookstores, including  Black Pearl Bookstore in Austin.

CLICK HERE for a list of 10 documentaries to watch about race.

CLICK HERE for a blog post from CASA of Travis County on what matters right now.


HOW TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT RACE (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)

CLICK HERE for USA Today article on how to talk to kids about racism, racial violence, and police brutality.

CLICK HERE for Today Show article on how to talk to kids about racism, ​protest, and injustice.

CLICK HERE for National Geographic article on how to talk to kids about race.
UT is holding a free Zoom Class – How to Talk About Race. This six-week online class is currently full, but CLICK HERE to be placed on a wait-list for future classes. Space is limited.
Course description: This course is offered to families and educators to raise awareness about race, racism, representation, and resistance. In this course, we reflect on how we learned about race and racism as children and consider how this plays a role in how we talk about race with our youth.


RESOURCES FROM THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)

CLICK HERE to see the newly-launched ABA Racial Equity in the Justice System website.  The website is a central clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession, and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism, and prejudice in the justice system and society

The ABA also  provides a wealth of resources collated by the Diversity and Inclusion Center and its constituent entities — the Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, the Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, the Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline, the Commission on Disability Rights, and the Commission on Women in the Profession. Together they develop and support myriad initiatives and research projects for the profession. And the ABA’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Section raises and addresses often complex and difficult civil rights and civil liberties issues in a changing and diverse society; and ensures that protection of individual rights remains a focus of legal and policy decisions.

CLE Programming offered by the ABA Live webinars:
June 24, 1 p.m.(EST): Being a Native Lawyer – Obstacles and Opportunities
July 15, 1 p.m.(EST): Underrepresented Representatives: How to Navigate a Profession That Does Not Look Like You.

On-Demand Webinars:
Civil Disobedience 101 – Adding the Defense to Your Practice (free for ABA members)
Walk the Talk: Moving the Diversity and Inclusion Needle Forward (free for ABA members)
The Changing Face of Law: The Ethical Implications of Implicit Bias in the Legal Profession (free for ABA members)
Your Money is No Good Here: Sources of Income Discrimination in Housing (free for ABA members)
Police Civil Rights Litigation: From Ferguson to Dallas- 2020 Vision Today
Implicit Bias – Governmental Complicity
Special Education and the School to Prison Pipeline, Part 1
Special Education and the School to Prison Pipeline, Part 2
Disparities in K-12 Discipline

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