This Has to Be a Seminal Moment: Black Law Firm Leaders on Inequity, Ire and What Comes Next
Lisa Helem and Vanessa Blum
A. Scott Bolden, D.C. managing partner of Reed Smith, and Ben Wilson, chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, discuss their own experiences with racism, how they practice authentic leadership and their hopes for greater understanding and inclusion in the legal profession and the nation beyond.
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.
Why Women and People of Color in Law Still Hear “You Don’t Look Like a Lawyer” (Article)
Tsedale M. Melaku
The author discusses what she has learned through a series of in-depth interviews with black female lawyers in elite law firms.
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.
This List Of Books, Films And Podcasts About Racism Is A Start, Not A Panacea
NPR’s Code Switch compiled a list of books, films and podcasts about systemic racism, acknowledging that they are just books, films and podcasts. You’ll find research on how racism permeates everything from the criminal justice system to health care.
Corporate America’s Work in Fighting Racism is Just Beginning
Georgetown University’s Ella Washington explains how to build more a more just workplace — and society — over the long term.
Owning the Space: A Candid Conversation with Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Kimberly S. Budd (Article)
Kimberly S. Budd is an Associate Justice for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”), where she has served for nearly four years, and a former Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.
Sophia Hall, Supervising Attorney at Lawyers for Civil Rights
An interview with Justice Budd about her career path and experiences as a woman of color in the legal profession.
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.
“We Were Married on the Second Day of June, and the Police Came After Us the 14th of July.” (Article)
An oral history of the landmark Virginia case that legalized interracial marriage.
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’s Waterfront Park Adds Olalekan Jeyifous Installation ‘Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies’ (Article)
How can art bridge America’s racial divide? How can it empower underrepresented black voices? How can it encourage productive conversations leading to greater understanding and equality?
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 International Association of Dance – Blacks in Dance
List of books discussing the Black Dance Legacy
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances Are They’re Not (Article)
The article discusses the tale of two quarantines and how while some Americans have been consumed by banana bread, others have had to navigate surviving a pandemic in a country they were never actually meant to live in.
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.
How to Film the Police in the U.S. (Article)
WITNESS Media Lab
Fact-sheet outlining how to film police.
How to Safely and Ethically Film Police (Article)
Palika Makam (Teen Vogue)
The human rights organization WITNESS provides guidance on exposing violent and discriminatory policing.
AI Weekly: A deep learning pioneer’s teachable moment on AI bias (June 2020)
Demonstrating race and gender bias in facial recognition is one of the reasons lawmakers in Congress want to prohibit federal government use of the technology.
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.
A Flawed Facial-Recognition System Sent This Man to Jail (June 2020)
Robert Williams may be the first person in the US arrested based on a bad match—exposing problems with the algorithms and the ways they are used.
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.
The Deadly Chicago Heat Wave Is As Relevant to Racial Justice Today As It Was 25 Years Ago (July 2020)
The documentary “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code” examines the unnatural disasters of environmental and structural racism.