December 17, 2019

Racial Equity Resources

Resources we're reading and discussing on the topic of racial equity.

Here are a handful of resources Bridgespan is discussing, reading, watching, and listening to on the topic of racial equity.

Readings we’ve explicitly discussed:

The Groundwater Approach: Building a Practical Understanding of Structural Racism
From the Racial Equity Institute, this resource helps nonprofit leaders “embrace the truths” and explore the racially structured society in which we live and what causes racial inequity.

Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale
Author Camara Phyllis Jones shares a framework for understanding racism on three levels: institutionalized, personally mediated, and internalized.

The Curb-Cut Effect
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article by Angela Glover Blackwell asserts that laws and programs meant to help the most vulnerable in our society, often end up benefiting all.

White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Book author and anti-racism lecturer Robin D’Angelo describes why white people find it so difficult to talk about racism, exposing ways “white fragility” is triggered and discussing approaches to having meaningful dialogue about it in a racially structured society.

What we’re reading, watching, and listening to:

Equitable Big Bets for Marginalized Communities
This Stanford Social Innovation Review article by David Bley and Vu Le shares six recommendations for philanthropy ready to make greater investments in organizations led by the people most affected by injustice.

Explained (Vox’s Netflix series): The Racial Wealth Gap
Episode three of Vox’s Netflix series, Explained, explores the far-reaching negative effects of the racial wealth gap and how the gap is growing.

Code Switch Podcast
A team of NPR journalists explore the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity, and culture, and how they affect our lives in this podcast.

It’s Not Your Coworkers’ Job to Teach You About Social Issues
“Minorities and women don’t have the responsibility to provide social justice education …  for free, and on demand,” writes Lily Zheng in this Harvard Business Review article. She shares a number of ways leaders can get the information they need to learn about social issues.

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