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How to Be An Antiracist Ep. 17

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Success

Homework

  1. Page 222: “Toure and Hamilton could not have foreseen how their concepts of overt and covert racism would be used by people across the ideological board to turn racism into something hidden and unknowable.” How does this statement parallel how the academic work of Robin DiAngelo’s “White Fragility” is being used by white people to avoid taking responsibility for their role in maintaining and benefiting from racism?
  2. Page 223: What strategies and language can you adopt to help you convey an understanding and responsibility of racist policies to individuals in your life who are unfamiliar?
  3. Page 224: How would you explain the differences between the dictionary definition of “racism/ist: a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race” with the ideas” and the one provided in chapter 1 “one who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea”?
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Nicole Sanchez

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“When I go in and I’m working with companies, I tell them you have got to design your systems, your culture, your norms, your communication for the most marginalized person. If she’s okay, then the rest of the people in your company are going to be okay.”

For 25 years, Nicole Sanchez has served as a leading expert on workplace culture with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Nicole has transformed workplace culture for Fortune 500 corporations, tech startups, and mission-driven organizations. She consults globally, advising tech executives on best practices in diversity and inclusion. Previously, Nicole served as VP of Social Impact at GitHub and Managing Partner for the Kapor Center for Social Impact. Nicole earned a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where she has also been a lecturer on workplace diversity. Nicole serves on the Board of CODE2040, and has received numerous awards for her work. She is a mother of two teenagers and lives with her family in the East Bay, where she was born and raised.

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Nicole Sanchez

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How to Be An Antiracist Ep. 16

Podcast Description

Failure

Activist: One who has a record of power or policy change.

Homework

  1. Page 204: Identify and evaluate current policies that hold Blacks responsible for the racist ideas and beliefs of whitenesss.
  2. Page 207: How would your “activism” change if you accepted and internalized that whiteness is NOT racist due to a lack of information or knowledge?
  3. Page 214: Based on your role as a member of the #/causeascene community, evaluate your personal effort as an antiracist against the guiding principles. What strategies can you implement that challenge the discriminatory and harmful policies and practices within the tech industry?
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Ruha Benjamin

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“When I think about the role of technical systems…the inequity becomes even more encoded, subtle and it may seem like it’s operating where race is not explicit…The designers are not taking explicit note of race and yet racial disparities are being reproduced.”

Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and author of Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019) among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Professor Benjamin is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info visit www.ruhabenjamin.com  

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Nandini Jammi

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“What I’ve realized is that after three years we have made absolutely no dent on this issue at all. What’s happened instead is that these companies are relying on our free labor to flag this up for them and they’re not doing anything.”

Nandini Jammi is co-founder at Sleeping Giants, the campaign to make hate and bigotry unprofitable. She has been behind some of the most high-profile social media campaigns in the U.S. since 2016.

Sleeping Giants began as an anonymous effort to alert advertisers their brands were appearing on propaganda site, Breitbart News.

Since then, she has led campaigns that have convinced advertisers to flee Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, Tucker Carlson Tonight and The Ingraham Angle. The campaign is also behind the effort to deplatform Alex Jones’ Infowars as well as influential white nationalist figures.

In 2019, she made international headlines for successfully calling on PayPal to drop the KKK as a customer.

Through her work, Sleeping Giants has ushered in a new era of brand safety and corporate accountability. 

As a marketing consultant-turned-brand safety advocate, Nandini is now working to help marketing and tech audiences safely navigate this volatile and unpredictable new world of consumer activism.

She has been named by Business Insider as one of 23 industry leaders “fixing” digital advertising, a DigiDay Changemaker in 2017, and recognized as one of 30 women shaping the B2B marketing space. 

Sleeping Giants is a Cannes Gold Lion🥇 and a Webby-award winning campaign.

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How To Be An Antiracist – A Strategy [Rebroadcast]

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Things to remember about engaging as a #causeascene community member:

  • There’s no “I’m not racist.” There’s ONLY racist and antiracist.
  • An antiracist strategy isn’t about equality, it’s about equity. It is about actually discrimination against the interests of the privileged, in favor of prioritizing the most vulnerable
  • I’m not here to rehabilitate or change anyone’s mind. I want them gone because they’re taking up space and resources.
  • Friends who are 1 to 2 degrees away from individuals who actively, intentionally, and strategically cause harm, which makes you unsafe to the most vulnerable

Dueling Consciousness:

  • Segregationist: One who is expressing the racist idea that a permanently inferior racial group can never be developed and is supporting policy that segregates away that racial group.
  • Assimilationist: One who is expressing the racist idea that a racial group is culturally or behaviorally inferior and is supporting cultural or behavioral enrichment programs to develop that racial group.
  • Antiracist: One who is expressing the idea that racial groups are equals and none needs developing, and is supporting policy that reduces racial inequality.

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Homework:

  • Take some time to think about the things related to race that make you uncomfortable. Write them down and begin to better understand how they create barriers for you on your antiracist journey
  • Find someone in the community who is doing the work of antiracism and commit to finding out what kind of support they need and PROVIDE it
  • Sign up for The Alliance at @causeasceneALL

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