raceAhead: Ally Edition

Ellen McGirt produces Fortune’s raceAhead daily issue, which summarizes and links to articles about racism, especially in the corporate world.  Want to raise your awareness?  Sign up for her email by clicking here.  In today’s Ally Edition, she’s put together the list of resources below:

• Your Black colleagues look fine, just fine! They’re not.Here’s what to say today besides, “This has got to stop!”

• Here’s what NOT to say today, by Salesforce’s Vivianne Castillo.

• To be a Black or brown employee is often a lonely road. “Many are the firsts—in their family to graduate from college or break into a profession—and/or the only—person of color on their team, in the meeting, in the [now extinct?] office,” explains Erin Thomas, Ph.D., diversity chief at Upwork, on Twitter. “The goal of talking explicitly about race at work is to validate Black and brown experiences and demonstrate solidarity. But this has to happen without exacerbating the spotlight that Black and brown folks already feel in and on their skin.” Here’s how.

• PwC’s Damon King shares a powerful note asking for specific action from his leadership. “Black professionals: Feel empowered to use my note drafted to navigate difficult conversations with your employers. Your experience, your visibility, your voice matters. This is not your struggle alone. This is for all of us,” he writes.

• Black employees are experiencing “racial battle fatigue.” Don’t believe me? Ask science.

Here’s what happened when the white boss of a Black employee at a venture firm initiated a conversation about Black people being killed by police.

• Maxwell Boise worked overtime to create this amazing resource, How To Be A Strong White Ally. • Remember when AAPI’s crowdsourced a letter in multiple languages to help explain Black Lives and social justice to their elders? I do.

• “We can only strive to be ‘antiracist’ on a daily basis, to continually rededicate ourselves to the lifelong task of overcoming our country’s racist heritage,” writes Ibram X. Kendi, who should be on everyone’s reading list. He’s also created one of his own.

Anti-racism resources for white people, compiled with love and rigor by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein in May 2020.

• No! Your kids are not too young to talk about race. Here’s how to get started.

• LinkedIn’s Edward Castaño offers five steps to racial reconciliation—and does a masterful job sharing how he confronted his ignorant use of racist speech in the past to become a more aware and able anti-racist.

• Would you like a better social safety net? Racism says you can’t have one.

• Why Target was targeted in Minneapolis.

Support journalists covering George Floyd, racial violence, and systemic racism. The race beat is destroying our souls.  Journalists are being attacked and it is unacceptable. Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe, and raise your voice.

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