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Anti-Racism & Citation Styles: Guide

Politics of Citation

I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. - Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action"

It's when we take a standard from a very localized historical place, a racial formation, a white racial formation, and we say, "That is what is good writing. That is what is clear. That is what is logical," and so, therefore, we grade based on that, that's where I have problems… - Asao B. Inoue, "Unlearning White Language Supremacy"

Citation is also a deeply political act. Who we cite matters because citation reproduces the inequalities in our disciplines or scholarship, as well as the larger world. Our citations can affirm colonial structures or citations can function as a powerful corrective; they can counter inequality rather than maintain it. - Kelly Baker, "Citation Matters"

Citation Evolution

Examples of citations and references in online spaces:

Excerpt of text with embedded links from a New Yorker magazine article
Excerpt of text with embedded links from a New Yorker magazine article

Sample from abolition website listing podcasts, articles, and videos with simple text and embedded links
Sample from abolition website listing podcasts, articles, and videos with simple text and embedded links.

Boxes of various images that link to additional resources and social media posts from yəwak collective.
Boxes of various images that link to additional resources and social media posts from yəwak collective.

Set of boxes with links to resources from LinkTree, brown decorative art background with silhouette of woman of color.
Set of boxes with links to resources from LinkTree.