Anti-Racism Writing From Sharon Hurley Hall in February 2021
As you know, I started the year as I ended it: writing about racism. That didn’t change in February. I slowed down my publishing cadence a little, just to spare my subscribers’ inboxes, but still managed to cover some important topics.
“While we’d all like to think that we finally see Black as beautiful — and many do — even in the 21st century, there are those who call things African with a derisive curl of the lip. I don’t agree with that stance, either, but it definitely exists.”
“Despite the fact that a great deal of financial power and social influence still rest in the hands of the white descendants of the colonizers, for many there’s still a deep vein of resentment towards the descendants of the people they enslaved.”
“if so many people voted for racism in the election, and if so many Republicans were willing to indulge the orange one in his fantasy of victory, how likely was it that those same Republicans would administer consequences for the appalling violence and assault on democracy that ensued?”
“One of the ironies of all of this is that Black people have thoroughly internalized the racism that discriminated among people of African origin depending on how much “white blood” they had. It’s been so woven into society that many people don’t remember that this was part of the colonizers’ plan to sow dissent among the Black population to make it less likely they’d rise up against their oppressors.”
“I grew up in a time when most of the books I read were by white authors and with white protagonists. That didn’t make them any less good, but it’s not helpful when trying to draw on my own experience to compile a diverse reading list.”
“Most Black women will have the experience at some time in their careers — and some, throughout their careers — of being dictated to and condescended to by people much less qualified and experienced than they are. They will have suffered from being overworked, underpaid, and disrespected by white colleagues and bosses.”
“I see a world beyond the limitations of our imagination in which whiteness, capitalism, colonialism, imperialism and patriarchy no longer function as power systems that use anti-Blackness to subjugate, disempower and disenfranchise Black people, globally.”
“What I hope we can get to in my lifetime is the ability for White people to be able to see instances of racism and racist systems at play and call them out unprompted. Until we get to that point, we’re unfortunately just talking to ourselves.”
“I’m practicing my 2021 mantra: “Racism is abuse. Racist conduct is abusive. Call it what you what, but I’m calling it what it is.” — Catherine Pugh, Esq.
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“I noticed another first: the first time I’d been on a business Zoom call where everyone else looked like me. A lot of us on the call felt emotional about that.”