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Free Black Thought Newsletter #2: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We delve into DEI from various angles, presenting a mosaic of voices that challenge conventional wisdom and spark conversations.
Welcome to the second edition of the Free Black Thought Newsletter, dedicated to exploring the critical theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Our mission at FBT is rooted in amplifying the diverse spectrum of black perspectives, pushing back against the constraints often imposed by mainstream narratives.
In this edition, we delve into DEI from various angles, presenting a mosaic of voices that challenge conventional wisdom and spark conversations. Through a curated selection of articles, podcasts, and personal accounts, we aim to provide you with a thought-provoking examination of this vital issue.
We invite you to engage with these thought-provoking pieces, each contributing to a broader conversation about the future of public discourse and democracy itself. By exploring the diverse range of viewpoints presented here, we hope to catalyze meaningful discussions and inspire progress towards a more inclusive and equitable society.
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EVENT: Politicization of the Classroom
Livestream TODAY Thursday, September 7, at 4pm PT / 7pm ET
Partners Institute for Liberal Values and Coalition for Empowered Education will hold a livestream to discuss problems with Liberated Ethnic Studies and the promise of an inclusive alternative… read more
The FULL Erec Smith: A Diversity Trainer Speaks Out Against DEI
Rhetoric Professor and FBT president Erec Smith joins John Stossel to offer a candid perspective on DEI training, questioning its efficacy and pointing out potential pitfalls. His insights prompt us to reevaluate the approaches taken in the pursuit of equality… read more
Free Black Thought Podcast Ep. 6 - A New Correspondence on Race (Winkfield Twyman Jr., Jennifer Richmond)
Wink Twyman and Jen Richmond join Free Black Thought Podcast host Connie Morgan to talk about the disputes, solutions and a-ha moments articulated in their correspondence documented in their book, Letters in Black and White: A New Correspondence on Race in America… listen now
A Black DEI Director Canceled by DEI
Dr. Tabia Lee shares a personal account of her journey as a Black DEI director, shedding light on the challenges and complexities faced within the DEI framework itself… read more
Theory of Enchantment
Chloe Valdary presents a novel approach to dismantling systemic racism through the Theory of Enchantment. By engaging with cultural and literary works, Valdary empowers clients with the tools to foster lasting change… learn more
Diversity is Important. Diversity-Related Training is Terrible
Musa Al-Gharbi dives into the critical evaluation of diversity-related training, offering a nuanced perspective on its effectiveness and potential drawbacks… read more
Amber Muhinyi raises concerns about a DEI initiative in academic publishing that collects data on authors' and reviewers' race and ethnicity, highlighting the potential for discriminatory practices and a fundamental shift in how scholars' contributions are evaluated… read more
It’s time for data-first diversity, equity, and inclusion
Economist Roland G. Fryer introduces an evidence-based approach to DEI, challenging prevailing notions and advocating for a more data-driven path toward equity… read more
Erec Smith in the National Review explores how the apparent goal of contemporary anti-racism activism — which is not the activism of the civil-rights era — is not to end racism but to perpetuate it… read more