Advancing Racial Literacy in Tech

In their new paper Advancing Racial Literacy in Tech (PDF), Jessie Daniels, Mutale Nkonde, and Darakhshan Mir urge tech companies to adopt racial literacy practices in order to break out of old patterns.


Racial literacy is a new method for addressing the racially disparate impacts of technology.

It is a skill that can be developed, a capacity that can be expanded. To advance racial literacy in tech requires three foundations:

  • An intellectual understanding of how structural racism operates in algorithms, social media platforms, and technologies not yet developed;
  • An emotional intelligence concerning how to resolve racially stressful situations within organizations; and
  • A commitment to take action to reduce harms to communities of color.

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