Sharon’s Anti-Racism Newsletter (SARN) is something that’s close to my heart, as it’s one way I use my gifts of teaching and writing to fight racism and promote equality. I bring a powerful and unique lens to this venture because I’ve lived in the Caribbean, the UK and France, and have spent a lot of time in the US. I’ve experienced racism in all those places, and more. To this, I add the perspective of a former journalist and journalism professor and my experience running anti-racism allyship groups. Simply put, I’m bringing everything that I am and have done to this anti-racism fight.
My first foray into tackling racial justice issues was my research into colorism in the late 1990s, later published as Exploring Shadeism. In the subsequent decades I wrote occasional pieces about racism. When George Floyd was murdered in May 2020, I realised how exhausted I was by all the racism I’d faced personally, and that others who looked like me had faced, and I wrote a short essay called I’m Tired of Racism, which later became the title of my book.
I haven’t stopped writing since.
I launched SARN in August 2020, with the stated aim of fighting racism one article at a time, and now publish articles twice weekly, with two podcast episodes each month. It is a must-read if you are a committed anti-racist or would-be ally looking to get insights, resources and tools to help you do the work and progress on your journey. DEI professionals and ERG leaders also find the articles useful as conversation and discussion starters.
Apart from commenting on current issues relating to racism, and sharing personal or known experiences, SARN also serves as a platform for others, through the interviews with Black founders and activists, and my reading lists: personal curations of useful information for growth and learning. Learn more about the newsletter here.
Though 60% of the newsletter content is available for free, there’s also a paid tier because I believe that work that takes time and emotional energy should be compensated, and steeping myself in incidents of racism in order to educate, motivate, inspire action, and provide a platform for others definitely counts as emotional labour. When you subscribe, you give me the gift of time to make this newsletter even better. It means I can put in the hours to research and curate the right resources, to reach out to activists for interviews, to polish my articles, and to keep finding ways to level up.
In exchange for their support, paid subscribers get a podcast that’s just for them, along with a behind-the-scenes letter, exclusive content, early access to some articles (at least 4 pieces of content per month), and access to the full archives of more than 400 articles. Last year, I published more than 125 pieces of content, making the subscription prices of $100 a year or $10 a month equivalent to less than $1 per piece of content – that’s not a huge price to pay.
I know this work is making a difference. Here’s what some of my paid subscribers have said:
- “Sharon’s Asmara Kazmi, CEO, The Ops Room. is hands down the most informative thing in my inbox. Her straight-talking erudition always challenges and educates.” –
- “Highly recommend! White people wanting to learn more about how the world is for non-white people- it’s the bitesized weekly knowledge shot you’ve been waiting for. Well written, easy to digest.” – Janine Coombes
- “Sharon’s newsletter is one of the few I read every single word of, every single issue. If you’re serious about widening horizons, learning about what the world is like for people who look different, sound different, live different, experience things differently from yourself, and want to make a better world for everyone, this is the place! It’s a teeny investment for a big juicy reward.” – Vicky Quinn Fraser
- “It’s a great newsletter, powerful & insightful, and one of the few must reads in my inbox on a regular basis.” – Joe Cardillo (see it on Twitter).