How White Managers Can Respond to Anti-Black Violence (Article)
Michael W. Kraus (Yale Insights)
Yale SOM’s Michael Kraus, a social psychologist whose research focuses on inequality, offers a series of concrete steps that leaders can take to combat racism in their own organizations—and contribute to the societal fight against injustice. Remaining silent, he says, communicates support for the status quo.
Toward a Racially Just Workplace (Article)
Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo
Harvard Business School’s African American Student Union marked its 50th anniversary in 2018. To honor the occasion, Laura Morgan Roberts and Tony Mayo took an in-depth look at how African-Americans are faring in today’s workplace. The results, Morgan Roberts says, are both humbling and sobering. The article offers a better approach to the diversity efforts that are failing Black employees.
The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias Consider borrowing from your local library (and request your library purchase the book if it’s not available), or purchasing the book from a local BIPOC-owned independent bookseller.
An inspiring guide from Dolly Chugh, an award-winning social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business, on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better. Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, “semi-bold” person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in.
Walk in My Shoes: A Day in the Life of a Black Woman Attorney (Article)
Danielle Johnson, Staff Attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services where her practice focuses on elder housing and disability benefits
The article is a call to action for cultural diversity in law firms and legal organizations, and more importantly, for reflection on and recognition of each of our implicit biases.
Reflections from a Token Black Friend (Article)
Ramesh A Nagarajah
The author reflects on being one of the only Black men in his friend group and how that experience as the token black friend for his entire life has allowed him a unique lens into many of the gaps that are currently preventing mutual understanding between white and Black people.
How Organizations Can Support the Mental Health of Black Employees (Article)
The article discusses how companies need to acknowledge that racism impacts Black staff emotionally, mentally, and physically, and that some employees will want more than just a safe space. Companies need to listen to what their Black employees are saying and advocate for the suggested changes.
A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
Medium compiled a list of resources to better understand systemic racism and implicit bias. Understanding begins with all of us looking inward, reflecting on our own attitudes, and of course, having difficult conversations with family and friends.
Alexandria, Virginia finds out this year through the work of Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous’ whose installation, Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, was unveiled in the city’s Waterfront Park in March.
The Challenge of Creating a More Diverse Economics: Lessons from the UCR Minority Pipeline Project (Chapter from Building the Anti-Racist University
Gary A. Dymsk
This paper reflects on the experience of the 1999–2002 minority pipeline program (MPP) at the University of California, Riverside. With support from the American Economic Association, the MPP identifi ed students of color interested in economics, let them explore economic issues aff ecting minority communities, and encouraged them to consider postgraduate work in economics. The MPP’s successes and failures can be traced to the shifting balance in California’s racialized political economy, especially a state ballot initiative forbidding the use of applicant race or ethnicity in University of California admission decisions, and to the transformation of economics itself, especially at the level of doctoral training. The MPP experience may be of relevance for other eff orts to increase racial/ethnic diversity in social science disciplines.
The Psychology of Racism
Steven O. Roberts & Michael T. Rizzo
American racism is alive and well. In the essay, the authors amass a large body of classic and contemporary research across multiple areas of psychology, as well as the broader social sciences and humanities to outline seven factors that contribute to American racism.
We Gon’ Be Alright
Jeff Chang visits East Palo Alto, a historically Black and Latino community in the heart of Silicon Valley, to hang out with rapper, dancer and performer Isaiah Phillips a.k.a. Randy McPhly, who appeared in Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” video. They talk about the domino effects of gentrification.
Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy (February 2018)
“A.I. software is only as smart as the data used to train it.” But what happens when data sets are mostly male and white? The article discusses biases in AI – “biases in the real world can seep into artificial intelligence, the computer systems that inform facial recognition” – and the outcomes of a study by Joy Buolamwini, a Ghanaian-American computer scientist and researcher at MIT’s Media Lab.