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RASHAD ROBINSON

BULDING
NARRATIVE POWER

PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS FOCUSED ON STRATEGY,

INFRASTRUCTURE & CONTENT FOR

CULTURE CHANGE AND NARRATIVE CHANGE STRATEGIES.

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE ABOUT BLACK FAMILIES

Authors: Color Of Change and Family Story

This guide identifies inaccurate and biased terms and narratives that are used to undermine the success and wellbeing of Black families in society. These are terms and narratives that result in real harm: society unfairly judging and punishing Black families according to a set of rules that white people in similar situations are not held accountable to; and society unfairly denying the recognition, care, compassion and support that white families in similar situations benefit from receiving.

TELLING THE RIGHT STORY ON RACE DURING COVID-19

Rashad Robinson developed a narrative guide for effectively advancing racial justice when communicating about COVID-19. The guide offers examples for what to say (and not to say) when talking about realities, causes and solutions related to racial injustice.

You can read and download the guide here, and also watch a presentation (with Q&A) that Rashad gave to movement allies and partners.

“Beyond policy fights, the real contest is over culture: we must establish new ways of thinking about people of color and race in general. But we cannot establish new norms, or hold people accountable to them, if we are defaulting to old ways of thinking and communicating ourselves.”

“Black people are not vulnerable, we are under attack. Politicians, corrupt media and corporations malign, target, exploit and neglect Black people and Black communities. That is not about vulnerability we should pity with charity, that’s about injustice we should change. Saying ‘vulnerable’ is just one more way we’re branding Black people as the problem, not the solution.”

PRESENTATION TO
PARTNERS & ALLIES

Watch the Presentation

August 5

See the Presentation Slides

August 5

Read + Download the Paper

CHANGING OUR NARRATIVE ABOUT NARRATIVE

A high-level outline of the strategic thinking required to create the right story about narrative change, and the infrastructure required to build true narrative power.

“Narrative power is the ability to change the norms and rules our society lives by. Narrative infrastructure is the set of systems we maintain in order to do that reliably over time.”

“How well we manage brand narratives may affect how people think about issues far more than how well we manage issue narratives themselves.”

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