Op-Ed – Bias against African American English speakers is a pillar of systemic racism
Appreciation can be shown for African American English (AAE) and its linguistic value in the Assortment
of our Culture. How? Learning and embracing the dialects of AAE is the way we acknowledge the
importance of language!
Urban League of Rochester – Interrupt Racism
The Urban League of Rochester is launching a grassroots effort to empower community members to share ideas as to how to combat racist practices and policies in the Greater Rochester Area. They believe everyone has the lived experience, social power and value to contribute to a more equitable Rochester. Please follow through to their website to find out more about their Interrupt Racism initiative.
This Is What Accountable Relationships Look Like
People who are targeted by systemic injustice know far more about that injustice than those who are granted unearned privileges by that same system. Therefore, anti-racist practice necessitates that White people listen to, learn from, and be accountable to People of Color as the primary source of knowledge about racism, White supremacy, White privilege, and antiracist action.
The statements presented here are gleaned from conversations we have had over the past 12 years of working together as anti-racism educators. These statements have also been informed by the wisdom of other educators and organizers. We especially want to acknowledge and express gratitude to our mentor, friend, and colleague Monique Savage. Some of the written sources that have informed our statements are listed at the end of this document. We share these insights as a work in progress knowing that as we continue to learn and grow, these statements will be amended and expanded.
– Dionardo Pizaña and Melanie S. Morrison
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester – Anti-racism resources
The Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester has a useful listing of anti-racism resources on its website including topics on film and TV, articles, books and podcasts.
Rochester Black Agenda
NCBI Rochester fully supports the Rochester Black Agenda position that racism is a public health crisis in our community. Founded in 2015, the Rochester Black Agenda is committed to the uplifting and improvement of Black people in the Greater Rochester area. The full statement appears below.
The Urban League of Rochester has launched a new equity-based collective impact platform called Interrupt Racism. They are collecting strategies and stories to explore ways to do exactly as the title suggests—Interrupt Racism. Feel free to join them in this effort to move our community forward. Their link appears below for your consideration.
Democrat & Chronicle – Blog by Steve Jarose
|This blog is part of a Democrat and Chronicle initiative designed to raise awareness about race and racism, and inspire a more inclusive and creative approach to solving community problems. NCBI Rochester’s own Steven Jarose blogs weekly about topics important to the greater Rochester area.|