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Diversity Toolkit

This resource center for wine country businesses was created by the WVWA’s Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Task Force. Suggestions/submissions? Email us!

New: Have you looked at the online resources in the DEBI toolkit and thought “where do I even start?” We've now indexed articles, videos, essays, books and movies by time commitment!

GOT A FEW MINUTES?

If you have been meaning to get started but are running short on time here are a few resources you can digest in increments of 10 minutes or less.

HR Resources

@blackwineprofessionals 

@wineunify

Association of African American Vintners 

Black Food Folks 

Diversity in Wine and Spirits

The Hue Society 

Urban Connoisseurs 

Local NAACP chapters also provide resources for organizations and non-profits to use; Oregon branches listed here

Equity at the Table (EATT) Primarily restaurant-focused, but there is a segment for vintners and wine professionals as well

Articles and Blog Posts

103 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice

Does The Wine Industry Have A Racism Problem?

The Racist History of Portland, The Whitest City in America

White Privilege

When Feminism is White Supremacy in Heels

Your Wine Glass Ceiling is My Wine Glass Box: An Open Letter to Karen MacNeil and the Wine Industry

Being Black In The White World of Wine

The Anatomy of White Guilt

When White Women Cry: How White Women’s Tears Oppress Women of Color

Lesson of a Lifetime: Jane Elliot

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

What is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? (good accompaniment to White Fragility)

What This Wave of Anti-Asian Violence Reveals About America

What It Means To Be Gender-Fluid

Videos

Strong Opinions Loosely Held: Why Are White People So Bad At Talking About Race?

MTV Decoded: Why Racism Isn’t Just a Southern Problem

INTERESTED IN A DEEPER DIVE?

Here are a few longer-form programs, podcasts and articles.

Long-form Articles

The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the "White" Problem in American Studies

Reflections on the History of White Supremacy in the United States

The Emotional Lives of White People

Podcast Episodes

Scene on Radio episodes:

1619, a Podcast From The New York Times

Disgorgeous Podcast Episode 114: Representation Matters Part 2

Smartest Person in the Room Episode 30 Bias Series: Well-Meaning White People

On Being with Krista Tippet: "‘Notice the Rage; Notice the Silence" with Resmaa Menakem

On Being with Krista Tippet: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation

Videos

Wine Sisters Vlogcast: Cheers to Change, Diversity and Inclusion

Instagram Live

Julia Coney on Black Lives Matter and the wine industry: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA9FSONpWvT/ and https://www.instagram.com/p/CA9IzQdpIWv/

Self-Assessments

Harvard Implicit Bias Test

Museum Exhibits

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: Talking About Race

Films

13th

Black Art: in the Absence of Light

Red White and Black: The Oregon Wine Story

The Black Church

PBS Independent Lens Series

Books

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

How to be an Anti-Racist

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

My Grandmother's Hands

Black-Owned Wineries to Support

In Oregon:

Abbey Creek Vineyards

Maison Noir Wines

Worldwide: 

https://www.zuriwine.com/black-owned-wineries.html

Black-Owned Businesses (beyond wine industry)

In Oregon:

Travel Portland Guide to Black-Owned Businesses

Third Eye Books

Worldwide:

https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/support-black-owned-businesses/

WANT TO BE MORE REGULARLY INFORMED?

Follow these accounts, organizations and publications.

Wine Professionals of Color to Follow on Instagram

@juliaconey and @blackwineprofessionals 

@diversityinwineandspirits

@sips_and_curves

@andrehmack

@noirsommelier

@wineauxdlynnp

@rachel.cargle

@dirty_radish

@gemini_rising

@winonoire

@niquesomm

@rickeatsstuff

@deniecebourne

@_cabrenae

@theflambe

67 Black-Owned Wineries on Instagram

Organizations Working on Racial Justice

For reference: Black Lives Matter–vetted “how to help” carrd: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

https://colorofchange.org/

http://obs-stl.org/

https://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/ (also maintains this list of black-led orgs)

Portland African-American Leadership Forum

Strong suggestions of where to donate in this piece from The Cut

Project Unity "Together We Dine" Virtual Series

Publications

Leaders of American Association of African American Vintners Discuss Building a Diverse Wine Industry

Anti-Racism Daily e-Newsletter 

PushBlack

Training

Training series from Hollaback in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), including bystander intervention training and harassment response specifically as regards to Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment:

WVWA DEBI Book Club

We are excited to announce the launch of the WVWA Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion (DEBI) Book Club. In this online community fostered by the WVWA DEBI Task Force, WVWA members will connect with each other and enjoy books from a range of genres. Our first book will be How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Join the book club.

Bookseller resources:

Third Eye Books White Accomplice Collection

Broadway Books

WANT TO DISCUSS AND LEARN IN COMMUNITY?

Consider signing up for one of our month-long Anti-Racism study groups, lay-led by members of the Willamette Valley Winery Association community. Our next series will begin May 20. Sign up here!

Contact Annie Shull with questions.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED AS A LEADER?

The Diversity, Equity, Belonging, and Inclusion taskforce may be in need of help to continue offering trainings, internship support, and other resources to assist in the ongoing evolution of the WVWA community to be more welcoming and inclusive. Contact Bill Sweat or Jessica Mozeico to find out where you are needed.

MESSAGING SUGGESTIONS FOR WINE COUNTRY BUSINESSES

Keep in mind…

  • Racism is not new and systemic inequalities have always existed in the United States (especially in Oregon)
  • People of color have been trying to draw attention to these problems for a very long time
  • The bar (not being racist) is very low; simply declaring that you are not racist is not a PR tactic
  • Don’t post anything on which you can’t follow through: ask yourself if what you are saying is actionable, and if you were asked about it six months from now, what you would have to show for it?