What We Read, Listened to and Watched This Month
The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change: Redlining By Another Name: What the Data Says to Move from Rhetoric to Action. Complementary to the report featured in our last StoryLetter, this report designed by ABFE, a philanthropic-serving organization and a Borealis Racial Equity in Philanthropy Fund grantee, shares the perspective of leaders of Black-led social change organizations in the United States and U.S. Territories as they describe their interactions with institutional philanthropy. [15M read]
How White Backlash Controls American Progress, The Atlantic. This is a really great article drawing connection between many civil rights movements and the current political climate, as explicitly evidenced by anti-shelter marches that have occurred in the last few weeks. Starting with the white backlash to Reconstruction era black advancement, backlashes against equality are a pattern in our history and has stark implications for our ability to move forawrd as a nation for all. Honorable Mention: The book, White Rage, also covers this ground in extensive detail. [25M read]
Historical Foundations of Race, National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian. This is a robust and reflective lesson on the construct of race from the perspective of the American experiement. The lesson is grounded in American history and includes reading, videos and personal self-reflection activities throughout. This lesson is part of a larger project, Talking Abourt Race, offered by the amazing National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian and includes resources for educators and parents on understanding and talking about Race. Highly Recommend. [2-3H lesson plan]
Come Through Podcast: Jeff Yang on the Hard Work of Allyship. Journalist Jeff Yang was stunned after experiencing a racist attack at the grocery store. Now, he’s finding himself asking some tough questions about what allyship looks like in the age of Covid-19. He joins Rebecca to reflect on the disturbing trope of the “model minority,” the ways that communities of color continue to be encouraged to work against one another, and how to find solidarity when you’ve become a national target. [39M listen; transcript available]
Discomfort, Anxiety, and Grief: Confronting Racism with Colleagues. At REACH, our cohort has been asking for, and we have been looking at, ways to more explicitly integrate healing justice into the work of racial equity, acknowledging the deep and recurrent trauma that is present when engaging in this work. This podcast, The Anxious Achiever, focuses on mental health and business and this episode unpacks mental health related to racial equity in the current moment. Interview One is great for beginners wanting to understand how to talk about race in the workplace and Section Two is a deep dive for all of us around trauma. [50M listen; transcript available]
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson. This book details the historic white backlash to black progress as a definitive pattern in American history.