Language impacts people and workplaces every day. Language can make people feel like they belong, or be used to discriminate and advance divisiveness and inequity. Simply put, language matters.

This playbook outlines how anti-Black racism manifests in language and lays out  good practices for individuals and organizations to use language in ways that advance racial equity and inclusion.

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Interested in going deeper? The “Deeper Dive” addendum (HERE) is for those interested in learning more about the intersections of language, power, race, and anti-Black racism; and for those seeking more nuanced understandings of challenges and opportunities to advance language for racial equity and inclusion.

Interested in more tactical guidance around using inclusive language in your day-to-day life? Our newly launched, research-based Inclusive Language Framework* (HERE) can equip you with an understanding of what inclusive language in everyday communications means, as well as provide you with a process to assess whether certain terms might be harmful in various contexts, and move towards using more inclusive alternatives instead.

* The work on EGAL’s Inclusive Language Framework and Inclusive Terms Glossary was supported by Google. EGAL also formed and collaborated with a working group of academic and community leaders with representation across different identities and expertise.