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Sharon Hurley Hall’s articles on Racism, Diversity and BlackLivesMatter
Today I’m going to take a leaf out of Dr Mehmet Yildiz’s book. He’s constantly creating collections of ILLUMINATION articles to make them easier to find.
Now, I’m doing the same for my articles on racism. I figure, if I wrote them and I’m having trouble finding all of them, then what is it like for you? I plan to update this article as I publish new pieces on this theme.
Most of my recent work is grouped under the banner of “While Black” — true stories of and reflections on the Black existence. Within that, there are two major sub-themes.
Working While Black
As the name suggests, these articles focus on my experiences as a Black woman in the workplace, mostly in the UK, but in other places, too. They cover how it feels to be the Black person in the workplace, microaggressions, implicit bias, and much more. You can catch up with all the articles below:
Business Travel While Black: Why I’m Not a Rule Breaker
True stories of “random” selection and respectability politics
The Loneliness of the Sole Black Employee (Working While Black)
Being the only Black employee can be pretty lonely — true stories of the Black experience in office life
Pardon, Your Bias is Showing (Working While Black)
True stories of racial microaggressions in the workplace — part of Sharon Hurley Hall’s “Working While Black” series.
Race and the Freelance Writer Revisited (Working While Black)
True stories of the discrimination faced by a Black woman while writing and freelancing.
Surprise, I’m Qualified! Working While Black
True stories of how white employers underestimate Black employees’ education and ability
The Double-Take: Interviewing While Black
The double-take. It’s that moment when you walk into a room and your interviewers realize that, despite your anglicized…
Existing While Black
These essays and reflections are about other aspects of the Black experience beyond the workplace. You’ll find more general reflections on racism in this collection:
Are We Being Served? Eating Out While Black
True stories of racism when eating out around the world
Paper Cuts Still Make You Bleed (While Black series)
A day in the life of a Black person dealing with racism
Let’s Discard the Notion
Unlearn these ideas to commit to anti-racism without stressing out your Black friends
Oh, The Gaslighting (While Black)
A white person’s need for comfort does not negate my experience as a Black woman
BlackLivesMatter and the Barbadian Context
Why we need to have difficult conversations about our history
I’m Tired (of Racism)
I’m a Black woman, but sometimes I don’t speak about race and racism. Because I’m tired…
While Black: Thoughts on the Assumption of Wrongness
In so many cases, to be Black is to be in the wrong, before you do anything or open your mouth. Here’s why that’s a…
Let’s Not Pretend That Normal Was Working For Everyone
By now, most of us have felt the chill breath of coronavirus. It could be via a couple of degrees of separation because…
Related articles on other publications
When I looked back, it turned out I’d been writing about racism for longer than I thought, and this collection includes articles on different publications, including a few on my own neglected publication, Being Sharon.
I'm Still Waiting
In the wake of yet another incident where an unarmed Black man was shot by the police, I wrote this. Believe it or not…
6 Reasons to Raise Your BIPOC Kids in Black Majority Countries
Here's a brand new article I hope you'll find interesting. I won't be publishing a reading list this week, as there are…
Mourning Chadwick Boseman and the Black Panther
Already reeling from the multiple blows of racial injustice, today the Black community worldwide mourns the untimely…
Allyship and The Language of Antiracism
Four stories that show that it matters how you say it
Reading Racism — 4 Stories That Inspired Me
Besides living it, the best education for writing about racism is reading others’ experiences
Black Women, Stereotypes and Fetishes (While Black)
How the white gaze endangers Black women
Why This Man’s Daughter is Scared to Visit America
“I don’t want to visit somewhere where I can get shot for doing nothing,” said my dual-heritage daughter, when we were…
I’m Not American, But…
I am not an American, but I feel the 2016 US election result like a rapier through the heart. I’m in deep mourning…
The Promise of Black Panther
#Wakanda. As I wait to see the Black Panther movie (even on the small Caribbean island where I live, you have to buy…
New Book — Exploring Shadeism
Publishing a book has become pretty easy — and my most recent book illustrates that perfectly.
Want to learn more about me? Check out:
Best Stories of Sharon Hurley Hall on ILLUMINATION
Top Writer in Diversity; Writes about Racism, Equality, Black Lives Matter and more
© Sharon Hurley Hall, 2020
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