21-Day Racial Reading Challenge: A Supplemental ©2021

After the tragic death of George Floyd, many people are working to tackle issues around racial equity and justice. As part of this endeavor, many groups, including the American Bar Association’s Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section, have created a 21-day Racial Equity Reading Challenge. The idea is that it takes 21 days to change a habit, so taking time every day to better understand racial justice issues will assist our progress towards a more equitable society. We agree. We stand firm behind racial unity and justice. The problem we see is that so many of these reading lists lump black American thought into a homogeneous mass, failing to encompass alternative voices that are contrarian to the current racial dogma. We have taken the ABA Racial Challenge, modifying it slightly to include a day to review issues in law enforcement, and have provided supplemental readings/videos/podcasts from other prominent black voices (among a few others) for each day. We believe that the only way to really achieve racial unity and justice is through having genuine and uncomfortable discussions around a variety of views, engaging in Critical Thought missing in Critical Race Theory, that moves us past empty slogans to arrive at real solutions… together.

To the coming of a better time,

W.F. Twyman, Jr. & J.D. Richmond

 

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  • 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: RaceSkin Tone, and Weapons-Race. Also, everyone is encouraged to add these tests if you are able: Asian American, Native American, and Arab-Muslim.)
  • Supplemental: Olivia Goldhill, The World is Relying on a Flawed Psychological Test to Fight Racism, Quartz (December 3, 2017)

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  1. Is it possible to publish these articles together in a book? Some are behind a paywall. I see that some selections are in video form, but they could be transcribed. I could ask my librarian, who has bought books by McIntosh, Kendi, Coates and others, to buy the book. She probably would, because she buys everything with a D’Angelo feel to it, and she buys Bill O’Reilly stuff too, but I don’t see much in the library that isn’t either very racist or 1619ish. Just a thought.

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