The Section of Antitrust Law is proud to announce our participation in a “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge ©,” and we invite Section members to join us. The 21-Day Challenge concept was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. We are grateful to him for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this concept as an educational tool.
Our Section will begin the 21-Day Challenge on Tuesday August 18, 2020 using the below syllabus, which was inspired by the syllabus from the Section of Labor & Employment Law. The Challenge invites participants to complete 21 short assignments (typically taking 10-20 minutes) that include discussions, readings, videos and podcasts. The goal of the Challenge is to allow each of us to grow in our search for justice and to become more aware, compassionate and engaged in the quest for racial equity. The Challenge is voluntary, and participants can opt-out at any point.
The syllabus has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture, and to the Black community’s experiences of racism in America. Even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color.
Dialogues about race can provoke anxiety or discomfort, and can be difficult to navigate. We hope that participants will take time to listen, learn, reflect, and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, we hope to grow our understanding of race inequality and build a foundation for improving race relations long after the 21 days are over.
If you plan to participate in the Challenge, you can use this form to sign up for our list of members participating. By signing up, you will receive a daily email reminder with the challenge of the day. You will also help us count the total number of participants.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC. 2014.
Day 1: Tuesday August 18
Independent Reading: Nikole Hannah-Jones, America Wasn’t a Democracy, Until Black Americans Made It One, The New York Times (Aug. 14, 2019) (20 minutes)
Day 2: Wednesday August 19
Independent Viewing: Megan Ming Francis, Let's Get to the Root of Racial Injustice, TEDTalks (March 21, 2016) (20 minutes)
Day 3: Thursday August 20
● Danielle Cadet, Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They Are Okay – Chances Are They Are Not (May 2020) (5 minutes)
● Ali Vingiano, 63 Black Harvard Students Share Their Experiences In A Powerful Photo Project, BuzzFeed (March 3, 2014) (10 minutes)
Day 4: Friday August 21
Independent Assessment: Project Implicit, Implicit Association Test (IAT), (This exercise requires signing up for specific tests, which include answering a series of questions for the researchers, but it is recommended that everyone do at least these tests: Race, Skin Tone, and Weapons-Race) (15-30 minutes).
Day 5: Monday August 24
Independent Reading: Natasha Cloud, Your Silence Is a Knee on My Neck, The Players’ Tribune (May 30, 2020) (10 minutes)
Day 6: Tuesday August 25
Independent Reading: Katy Waldman, A Sociologist Examines The “White Fragility” That Prevents White Americans From Confronting Racism, New Yorker (July 23, 2018) (10 minutes)
Day 7: Wednesday August 26
Independent Listening: John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017), Season 2 Episode 1: Turning the Lens (16 minutes, 30 seconds)
Day 8: Thursday August 27
Independent Reading: Kristen Rogers, Dear Anti-Racist Allies: Here's How to Respond to Microaggressions, CNN (15 minutes)
Day 9: Friday August 28
Independent Reading: Peggy McIntosh, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of White Privilege, The National SEED Project (originally published 1989) (20 minutes)
Day 10: Monday August 31
Independent Reading: James McWilliams, Bryan Stevenson On What Well Meaning White People Need To Know About Race: An interview with Harvard University-trained public defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma, segregation, and listening to marginalized voices, Pacific Standard (updated Feb 18, 2019) (20 minutes)
Day 11: Tuesday September 1
Independent Listening: Gene Demby, Code Switch: An Immune System, NPR (released July 8, 2020) (21 minutes, 8 seconds)
Day 12: Wednesday September 2
Independent Reading: Sam Dylan Finch, 9 Phrases Allies Can Say When Called Out Instead of Getting Defensive, Everyday Feminism (May 29, 2017) (15 minutes)
* Live Remo Group Discussion – for Associates and Junior/Mid-Level Practitioners (12pm ET / 9am PT: Discussion based on lessons to date. Please note that this discussion is open only to law students, associates, and their equivalents (60 minutes).
- Here is the Remo link to join: https://live.remo.co/e/21-day-challenge-independent-rea/register
Day 13: Thursday September 3
Independent Reading: "Media Portrayals of Black Men Contribute to Police Violence, Rutgers Study Says,” American Association for the Advancement of Science, EurekAlert! Science News (Nov. 29, 2018) (10 minutes)
● Leigh Donaldson, “When the Media Misrepresents Black Men, the Effects are Felt in the Real World,” The Guardian (Aug. 12, 2015) (5 minutes)
Day 14: Friday September 4
Independent Reading: Reggie Ugwu, Lena Waitheʼs Art of Protest: The “Queen & Slim” writer on mixing art and politics, the key to collaboration and those infamous comments about Will Smith and Denzel Washington, The New York Times (Dec. 2, 2019) (20 minutes)
Day 15: Tuesday September 8
Independent Viewing: Kimberlé Crenshaw, The Urgency of Intersectionality, TEDTalks (October 2016) (18 minutes, 50 seconds)
Day 16: Wednesday September 9
Independent Reading: Adrienne Green, How Black Girls Aren’t Presumed to Be Innocent: A New Study Finds that Adults View Them as Less Child-Like and Less in Need of Protection than Their White Peers, The Atlantic (June 29, 2017) (10 minutes)
Day 17: Thursday September 10
Independent Viewing: D-L Stewart, Black Trans* Lives Matter (TEDTalks) (April 22, 2019) (15 minutes, 13 seconds)
* Live Remo Group Discussion – for Partners and Senior Practitioners (12pm ET / 9am PT: Discussion based on lessons to date. Please note that this discussion is open only to partners and their equivalents (60 minutes).
- Here is the Remo link to join: https://live.remo.co/e/21-day-challenge-live-group-disc/register
Day 18: Friday September 11
Perspectives in Literature and Poetry, led by Kellie Kemp, based on the following works. This discussion is open to practitioners of all levels (60 minutes)
Day 19: Monday September 14
● Karma Allen, More Than 50% of Homeless Families are Black, Government Report Finds, ABCNews (Jan. 22, 2020) (5 minutes)
● Scott Winship, Richard V. Reeves, and Katherine Guyot, The Inheritance of Black Poverty: It’s All About the Men, Brookings (March 22, 2018) (10 minutes)
Day 20: Tuesday September 15
Independent Reading: Laura Morgan Roberts and Anthony J. Mayo, Towards a Racially Just Workplace, Harvard Business Review (September 2019) (25 minutes)
Day 21: Wednesday September 16
Independent Reading: Destiny Peery, Paulette Brown, and Eileen Letts, Left Out and Left Behind: The Hurdles, Hassles and Heartaches of Achieving Long-Term Legal Careers for Women of Color, American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession (2020) (20 minutes)
Conclusion: Thursday September 17
Eddie Moore Jr., 21-Day Plans
Talking About Race, a new online portal from The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity and the way these forces shape every aspect of society.
National Conference for Community and Justice, Colorism
Verna Myers, How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, TED Talk (video)
John Biewen, Seeing White (14-part series podcast, 2017)
Janice Gassam, Your Unconscious Bias Trainings Keep Failing Because You’re Not Addressing Systemic Bias (Forbes, Dec. 29, 2019)
Michael Harriott, How to Be a Better White Person in 2020, The Root (Jan 9, 2020)
Cheryl I. Harris, Whiteness As Property, Harvard Law Review, Vol. 106 No. 8 (June 1993)
Rebecca Epstein, Jamilia J. Blake, and Thalia González, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
Eula Biss, White Debt, The New York Times Magazine (December 2, 2015)
Orlando R. Richmond Sr., Why I Resist Casual Friday and Other Thoughts on Diversity and Inclusion: A Black Partner’s Perspective, The American Lawyer (June 8, 2020)
MCCA, Creating Pathways to Diversity: A Set of Recommended Practices for Law Firms (April 2017)
How to Not (Accidentally) Raise a Racist, Longest Shortest Time Podcast
Who is "Karen" and Why Does She Keep Calling the Police on Black Men?, On the Media (Podcast) (May 29, 2020)