Anti-racism and Anti-oppression

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Videos and Tools

A TedTalk by Jamila Lyiscott that challenges what it means to be “articulate;” celebrates her trilingualism and challenges racial discrimination and Eurocentrism

Vershawn Young discusses the differences between code switching and code meshing and argues that people/institutions who do not accept code meshing perpetuate racism

Book [PDF] by Asao Inoue about assessing writing through an antiracist lens

Article that articulates writing with an antiracist lens: educate yourself; be specific and think critically; use words that honor humanity and power; assess relationship dynamics; slow down. Consultant notes: This resource would be especially helpful to writers at our WC who write about BIPOC populations as subject matters in their studies or as the people most affected by certain public health issues. I haven’t used this resource in consultations yet, but I will be from now on. I didn’t think about how the hyphen in African-American or audiences realizing the contextual meaning of BIPOC could affect how a paper is perceived and whether it is taken seriously by audiences. - Rupini

From Simon Fraser University: principles of inclusive and antiracist writing and additional resources

From Education Week: discusses listening, decentering yourself, learning history, understanding equity, and building community

From Praxis: details a workshop called “Beyond Inclusion: Developing a Mindful Approach to Racial Justice in Tutor Training”

From Technica: discusses thinking of your readers, not rigidly following style guides, expanding the voices at the table, and making diversity the norm

Prezi about the stories of two people involved in a writing center

From San José State University Writing Center: includes definitions and antiracist strategies for writing

From Brown University: provides activities, discussions, and assessment ideas for antiracist teaching 

From Theory, Research, and Action in Urban Education: discusses challenges faced by language-minoritized children, describes translanguaging, and talks about translanguaging in instruction and assessment


Inclusive Language Guides

From SFU: overview of inclusive, antiracist language and why it’s important to critically think about when writing. Includes a glossary of terms

From US General Services Administration: inclusive language for ability/disability, age, gender/sexuality, nationality, race, ethnicity, and religion

From Northwestern University: discusses person-centered language, intersectionality, language around addiction, criminal justice, demographics and race, ability, gender, medicine, mental health, and socioeconomics 

From Unitarian Universalist Association: lists things to be mindful about when writing and checking assumptions

From National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: includes many links to inclusive language guides

From Highline College: includes terms and definitions about gender diversity and actions to take in the writing center

Discusses the importance of inclusive language when writing about transgender people; defines terms and emphasizes that they often change; emphasizes speaking with transgender people themselves for writers to understand how they would like to be referred to in writing

From Mizzou: lists inclusive words and defines them


Editorial Choices

From Brookings: a letter urging the AP to capitalize Black (published June 16, 2020)

Consultant notesPublished in the summer of 2020, this article discusses reasons the Associated Press (AP) chose to capitalize Black and lowercase white when writing about race, ethnicity, and culture. The article presents reasons some institutions/individuals capitalize white when referring to race and explains their reasoning for not doing so. The AP mentions that they will periodically review their decision, acknowledging that language usage changes over time. Note that there is no “correct” way to write about race, but as a Writing Center we encourage you to learn more about this debate and reflect on the impact your choice may have on readers. -Rebekah  

From the Daily Universe: a white editor explaining why they chose to capitalize Black and not white

Consultant notes: Published in March of 2020, this article is from the Center for the Study of Social Policy and explains why they capitalize both Black and White when writing about race. As an organization committed to anti-racism, they argue that “To not name ‘White’ as a race is, in fact, an anti-Black act which frames Whiteness as both neutral and the standard.” Note that there is no “correct” way to write about race, but as a Writing Center we encourage you to learn more about this debate and reflect on the impact your choice may have on readers. -Rebekah