AUSTIN BAR ASSOCIATION EQUITY STATEMENT
The Austin Bar Association holds diversity and inclusion to be a core component of our mission to “enhance the legal profession, administration of justice, and our community through education, networking, and public service.” We recognize that the law plays a central role in combating inequality, and we believe that prioritizing equity and diversity and combating systemic bias makes our organization stronger and our profession better. We strive in all our actions and initiatives to encourage, support, and celebrate the diverse experiences and voices of our members and the communities we serve, to lift up every attorney in Austin, and to make our community a welcoming place for all people.
CLICK HERE to read a statement issued by the Austin Bar Association on July 3, 2020, regarding current racial events.
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 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.
Nikole Hannah-Jones, America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One, The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019)
Here is a pdf version of the article.
How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Case for Reparations, The Atlantic (May 21, 2014)
Danielle Cadet, Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They Are Okay – Chances Are They Are Not (May 2020)
Katy Waldman, A Sociologist Examines The “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism, New Yorker (July 23, 2018)
Megan Ming Francis, Let’s get to the root of racial injustice, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016)
Project Implicit, Implicit Association Test (IAT)
(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.)
How microaggressions are like mosquito bites, Same Difference (Oct. 5, 2016)
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)
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)
Ali Vingiano, 63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project, BuzzFeed (March 3, 2014)
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)
Media Portrayals and Black Male Outcomes, The Opportunity Agenda
Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness As Property, Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106 No. 8 (June 1993)
Scott Winship, Richard V. Reeves, and Katherine Guyot, The Inheritance of Black Poverty: It’s All About the Men, Brookings (March 22, 2018)
Karma Allen, More than 50% of homeless families are black, government report finds, ABCNews (Jan. 22, 2020)
Hannah Giorgis, Black Art is dangerous because it marries the personal and the political, The Guardian (Feb. 22, 2015)
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)
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)
Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls Childhood, YouTube (June 27, 2017)
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)
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:
(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)
Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege
George Johnson, White gay privilege exists all year, but it is particularly hurtful during Pride, NBC News (June 30, 2019)
Laverne Cox Talks about Intersectionality at Harvard (Video clips) (March 11, 2014)
D-L Stewart, Black Trans Lives Matter (TEDxTalks) (April 22, 2019)
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)
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)
Jolie A. Doggett,4 Questions About Hair that Black Girls Are Tired of Answering, HuffPost (Feb. 14, 2020)
Jessica Moulite, Exclusive: Rep. Ayanna Pressley Reveals Beautiful Bald Head and Discusses Alopecia for the First Time, The Root (Jan. 16, 2020)
Hair Love, Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full), Sony Pictures Animation, YouTube (Dec. 5, 2019)
National Conference for Community and Justice, Colorism (History, Facts, and Videos)
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)
Karyn Lacy, How to Convince a White Realtor You’re Middle Class, New York Times (Jan. 21, 2020)
Who is “Karen” and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?, On the Media (Podcast) (May 29, 2020)
“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.”
Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D, Critical Racial and Social Justice Education: List of Resources
Verna Myers, How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, TED Talk (video) (Dec. 15, 2014)
John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017)
Janice Gassam, Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias (Forbes, Dec. 29, 2019)
Michael Harriott, How to Be a Better White Person in 2020The Root (Jan 9, 2020)
GENERAL ANTI-RACISM RESOURCES (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)
Whenever possible, titles are linked to Black Pearl Books, an independent, black-owned bookstore located in Austin. If the book is currently out of stock at Black Pearl, the link is to one of these independent black-owned bookstores in Texas:
- Black World Books – Austin
- Enda’s Booktique – Duncanville
- Pan-African Connection Bookstore Art Gallery and Resource Center – Dallas
- The Dock Bookshop – Fort Worth
The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee
Biased by Jennifer Eberhardt
Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law by Justin D. Levinson, Robert J. Smith
Blindspot by Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald
Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnman
Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing by Verna A. Myers
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
A Most Beautiful Thing by Arshay Cooper (CLICK HERE to learn about the associated documentary.)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Color of the Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century by William Darity Jr. and Kristen Mullen
The Memo: What Women of Color Should Know to Secure a Seat at the Table by Mindu Harts
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Racial Implicit Bias Across the Law by Justin Levinson and Robert J. Smith
The Slave Narratives of Texas, edited by Ron Tyler and Lawrence Murphy
You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer: Black Women and Systemic Gendered Racism by Tsedale Malaku
CLICK HERE for a an essential reading guide for fighting racism.
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.
Amend: The Fight for America Will Smith hosts this look at the evolving, often lethal, fight for equal rights in America through the lens of the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment.
13th In this thought-provoking documentary directed by Ava DuVernay, scholars, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.
Bias is a film that challenges us to confront our hidden biases and understand what we risk when we follow our gut. Through exposing her own biases, award-winning documentary filmmaker Robin Hauser highlights the nature of implicit bias, the grip it holds on our social and professional lives, and what it will take to induce change
- 1619: Nikole Hannah-Jones was awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for The 1619 Project, The New York Times Magazine’s groundbreaking exploration of the legacy of Black Americans starting with the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in 1619. Also a podcast)
- Code Switch: An NPR podcast about race and culture – particularly recommend a series they did about cross-racial friendships
- Pod Save the People: A news and politics podcast that focuses on race and society
- Still Processing: A New York Times podcast hosted by two culture critics that focuses on race and intersectionality issues in pop culture
More information on reparations: International Center for Transitional Justice
CLICK HERE to read “Confronting Prejudice: How to Protect Yourself and Help Other” published by Pepperdine University’s online Master of Psychology program. This resource educates readers on the prevalence of prejudice and implicit bias in society, including information about what marginalized groups are most likely to be harmed by prejudice. The resource features information about how one can be an ally and an advocate for change, as well as how people experiencing discrimination can build resilience against these types of behaviors.
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)
Atlas Book Club
20 Picture Books for 2020 Reading: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace, and Do Good
Anti-Racist Baby Picture Book by Ibram X. Kendi
Black, White, Just Right by Marguerite W. Davol
Civil Rights: Then and Now by Kristina Brooke Daniele
First People: An Illustrated History of American Indians by David King
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo by Tom Feelings
My Name is Bilal by Asma Mobin-Uddin MS
Shades of People by Sheila M. Kelly
Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
National Association of School Nurses: Eliminate Racism to Optimize Student Health and Learning
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.
RESOURCES FROM THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS)
CLICK HERE to see the 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.
Sample of 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