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#CiteBlackWomen – Citing More Broadly

Now is a good time to take stock of our in-process writing projects and citation practices – especially if, like me, you are wrapping up the fall semester and planning for concerted writing work before the start of the spring semester. Pam Oliver has just published a fabulous “how to” on citing broadly and ensuring that your citation practices – to the extent possible – do not exacerbate gender and racial inequalities in citation. We should be asking ourselves: Who am I citing? What are the demographics of the scholars I am drawing on? What kinds of institutions do they represent? What kinds of journals? Why am I citing the pieces I have chosen? And perhaps most importantly, who am I leaving out?

If this sounds overwhelming, you are not alone. Broadening our citation practices takes effort! But luckily Dr. Oliver is here with a practical and straightforward guide just in time for the winter break. For more elaboration on this topic and invaluable “how to” tips, check out her recent blog post, “Citing More Broadly.”

While you’re at it, check out out her article “The Ethnic Dimensions of Social Movements” and the Informing Activists post on this blog about how to actively work against racism in social movements.

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What would class-inclusive anti-racism look like?

I’ve been asked a question that I can’t answer, and I wonder if you, the reader, can help answer it.

The most common forms of anti-racist consciousness-raising practiced on the left today—workshops; special sessions to talk about internal race dynamics; book discussions; instantly “calling out” oppressive comments; and hammering out statements of ideological commitment, all using specialized terms such as “white supremacy”—are not well-received by every progressive activist. And it’s not just white people resistant to looking at racism who have negative reactions. In my research on 25 varied social movement organizations (SMOs) in five states, I found a class correlation with who disliked, non-cooperated with, or was befuddled by those typical anti-racist practices, which were always initiated and led by college-educated activists: it was disproportionately lifelong working-class and poor activists (of all races) for whom those modes didn’t work. Continue reading

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