Antiracism, Equity & Inclusion

As a trade association, one of our roles is to research, curate and share resources relevant to the cider industry. That's why we're researching and sharing antiracism resources with our members. Below you will find a list of articles, podcasts, movies and more related to the topic of racism in the food and beverage industries*. We'll be adding to this page monthly. Have a resource you'd like us to see? Please email us and let us know. 

We thank our Diversity Committee for volunteering their support in helping us do this difficult work. Learn more about our committees and our organizational statement of intent regarding Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the cider industry.

*We do not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. The views, information, or opinions expressed in these external links are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the American Cider Association.

Podcasts

Farming While Black, Point of Origin Podcast
The Point of Origin podcast is a project of Whetstone Magazine, a magazine that focuses on global food culture and origins. In these two episodes, podcast host Stephen Satterfield discusses the traditional narratives around African Americans and farming and interviews Black farmers and scholars who are challenging those narratives.

Cider Coast to Coast, Point of Origin Podcast
In this episode listeners meet Megan Larmer, who is the Director of regional food at the Glynwood Center for regional foods and farming, Robbie Honda, owner and cidermaker at Tanuki Cider, and Olivia Maki* and Mike Reis of Redfield Cider Bar & Bottle Shop.

Uncorked – Conversations on Race and Wine with Julia Coney, Food Blogger Pro Podcast
In this podcast, Coney shares her history in the wine industry and digs into conversations around race in the wine world. A powerful point in the conversation centers around the idea that handling race relations is an unspoken part of her job by simply being Black in a white industry and the weight that carries for Black professionals.

On Diversity of Inclusivity in Hospitality, Radio Imbibe
In this podcast episode, Radio Imbibe speaks with John deBary, Lia Jones, and Samara Rivers. Topics covered include diversity in the spirits and cocktail industry, accountability following statements in support of Black Lives Matter, and bridging the gap between consumers and producers.

Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, Vox Media

This six-part podcast series (five episodes have been released) digs into the history of racial injustice in the US. Hosts Carvell Wallace and Jeffery Robinson unpack the conscious foundation of white supremacy that this country was built upon and how it exists in our daily lives today.

Race and Wine, Women Bridging the Gap

This podcast, Women Bridging the Gap, sets out to have frank discussions around race and womanhood covering a range of topics. In this particular episode co-hosts Alexandra D'Italia and Lenya Wilson discuss the racism that’s ingrained in the wine industry.

Not Interested In American Cuisine, Extra Spicy Podcast

On this episode of the San Francisco Chronicle’s food podcast, Extra Spicy, co-host Soleil Ho talks to Hawa Hassan, CEO of Basbaas Foods. Their conversation tracks Hassan’s personal history and highlights perceived tokenism along the way, exploring the difference between representation and exploitation.

Historian Ibram X. Kendi On 'How To Be An Antiracist', NPR

Unpack the term "antiracist" in this NPR interview with author and historian Ibram X. Kendi as he discusses how racist ideology operates in America. He covers topics like the connection of racism and capitalism, the racial wealth gap, and the importance of tackling racism in small ways, every day.

About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge

This nine-part podcast is hosted by Reni Eddo-Lodge, the author behind the bestselling Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. In this series Eddo-Lodge looks at antiracism activism and interviews key voices in the movement.

Movies, Videos & Television Series

Red, White and Black: The Oregon Wine Story
This documentary by Black winemaker Bertony Faustin highlights the story of minority winemakers in Oregon and the challenges they have faced in their predominantly white industry. This documentary showcases the barriers faced, struggles overcome and also social awareness they raise with and within their work

The Learning Series, Dr. Cheryl Ingram
The Learning Series is a collection of short YouTube videos by Diverse City, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm in Seattle, Washington. While these videos are not directly about the alcohol industry, they are a great primer for beginning to understand antiracist work in professional settings. The videos range from 1 to 15 minutes and cover topics ranging from implicit and explicit bias to cultural appropriation to microaggressions.

Creating a Racially Equity Future as Inclusive Leaders, Korn Ferry

Don’t Talk, Do is the name of the series we have been watching by the consulting group Korn Ferry. In this webinar, host Ayana Parsons speaks with four CEOs about their approaches towards inclusive leadership and racial equitability. Leaders from Prudential, American Water Works, Walker & Company Brands, and Korn Ferry share their strategies to create antiracist companies and communities.

Start by Telling the Truth: A Virtual Panel on Reparations and the Finger Lakes Cider Industry, YouTube.

Hosted by Melissa Madden and Autumn Stoscheck, this video discusses generational wealth, white privilege, land access, and other topics that touch on the need for reparations to BIPOC communities.

Uncorked, Netflix

Uncorked is a fictional movie that follows a young Black man on his journey to become a Master Sommelier. Uncorked was written and directed by Prentice Penny and stars a predominantly Black cast in a wide range of roles.

Bright Cider Life, YouTube

Bright Cider Life is a YouTube interview between sommelier Vinny Eng and wine and cidermaker Krista Scruggs. In this interview Vinny speaks to Krista about her path as a farmer, wine and cidermaker, and digs into statistics pertaining to the lack of land access for growers in the Black community.

Race & Cider, New York Cider Association

In this video from the NYCA, Megan Larmer of Glynwood is in conversation with Stephen Satterfield of Whetstone Media. The agriculture and beverage industries in this country are built on a foundation of slavery (including cider*). The roots of slavery are still intertwined with the systemic racism that BIPOC communities face today.

How Microaggressions Are Like Mosquito Bites, Fusion Comedy

This two minute video explores the lasting impact that microaggressions can have on individuals. It also provides examples of this behavior, which can seem harmless or insignificant, and how damaging it can be.

Prioritizing Racial Equity in Business Communities, American Cider Association

This recent CiderCon® presentation by cidermaker Katie Campos and Buffalo Niagara Partnership CEO Dottie Gallagher explores the Buffalo's Chamber of Commerce’s investments in advancing racial equity in the Western New York region.

Articles, Blogs & Books

3 Black Wine Experts On Diversity, Representation And Inclusion Within The Industry, Forbes

This piece addresses the barriers Black winemakers face in their industry, how to address the low number of Black individuals in wine and broader topics like inclusivity in tasting rooms.

What Racism Looks Like Inside a Napa Valley Tasting Room, Vine Pair

This first person account from J'nai Gaither shares her experiences with racism working in Napa Valley.

Brewing in America: The nation's craft beer industry has a diversity problem but it's trying to fix it

This is a USA Today article that explores the demographics of the craft beer industry and the root causes that led to them.

It’s Time To Decolonize Wine, PUNCH

In this piece, sommelier Miguel de Leon shares his experiences of racism as a Filipino in the wine industry. His analytical writing is interspersed with first-person stories of racist situations he found himself in.

The Time Is Now, Understanding the Origins of the Beer's Inequity, By Mike Jordan with Contributing Editor, Beth Demmon for Good Beer Hunting

This is Part One of a three-piece series regarding racial inequity in the beer industry. It explores both historical causes as well as current impacts of COVID and Pandemic-relief funds. 

The Face Of America Is Changing, by Tanya Mosley and Allison Hagan for WBUR News Station

An interview with Tristan Walker, founder and CEO of Bevel. Bevel sells hair and skin products specifically designed for Black men and his interview centers around the impact of marketing and selling products to underrepresented communities.

Black Wine Professionals Demand to Be Seen, New York Times

In this article, Eric Asimov (the wine critic for the New York Times) profiles nine Black wine professionals in fields ranging from education to publishing to winemaking. He shares their experiences to foster deeper conversation and understanding among their white peers in the wine world.

How We Use Beer to Celebrate and Promote Latino Culture, Thrillist

Though Raíces Brewing has only been open in Denver for a year, it’s impact on the community has been huge. Not only does the brewery work to convert Latinos to the craft beer market, but it also celebrates Latin American heritage every day through art, food, and discussion.

The Time Is Now, Part One — Understanding the Origins of Beer’s Inequity, Good Beer Hunting

This article is the first part in a series and it begins with a history lesson from Mike Jordan digging into understanding the origins of beer’s inequity.

The Time is Now, Part Two - Why Beer's Culture and Workplace Practices Must Change, Good Beer Hunting

Toni Boyce addresses the culture within beer and racist marketing and sales strategies.

The Time is Now, Part Three - Why Inclusion, Equity and Justice Could Determine Whether Breweries Flourish or Fail, Good Beer Hunting

Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham makes the case for diversity, equity and inclusion not just as a moral decision but also as a smart business decision.

An Apple Commons, MALUS

Written by Melissa Madden, a cidermaker and writer based in Ithaca, New York, this piece delves into the history of the Finger Lakes National Forest.

Native American Heritage Month, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum put together this website paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

How to Decolonize Your Thanksgiving Dinner, Vice

This article by Javier Cabral featuring chef Nephi Craig, a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe. It starts with identifying foods that are indigenous to the Americas and asking yourself, "What do these ingredients mean to me?”

Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving? The National Museum of the American Indian

The essay by Dennis Zotigh was originally written for Thanksgiving 2011. Since then, Dennis has asked Native friends to talk about how their families observe Thanksgiving. This website includes the essay and insights from Zotigh's Native friends.

Op-Ed: Thanksgiving is a tradition. It's also a lie, Los Angeles Times

This powerful op-ed piece from Tommy Orange reminds us to question tradition and its impacts.

How Resistance Overcame Hate in Hood River, Crosscut

The US government, in the midst of the racist paranoia that followed the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, forcibly moved some 120,000 Japanese-Americans from their homes on the Pacific Coast to internment camps. This piece follows the story of hundreds of families in Hood River that were forced to abruptly sell or lease their orchards and farm land.

How Racism Has Shaped the American Farming Landscape, Eater

This article by Megan Horst outlines how U.S. agriculture today appears to be just as segregated as it was a century ago, with farmers of color at a significant disadvantage.

The Wine World's Most Elite Circle Has a Sexual Harassment Problem, The New York Times

This article by Julia Moskin outlines persistent sexual harassment within the Court of Master Sommeliers.

The Freedom To Be: Defining White Privilege And White Supremacy, Aljazeera

This article is an excerpt from the recently published book: Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together. This article, written by John Metta, the cidermaker and owner at Slopeswell Cider in Oregon, outlines a culture of racism in the United States.

Whose Heritage? American Cider in Black and White, Malus

In this article Oliva Maki* takes a look at the history of cider in United States and the important role that slaves played in that history. She encourages those in the cider industry to acknowledge the racist part of cider's history and to work to create a more equitable cider industry moving forward.

Reflections on ACA’s Equity & Inclusion Training with Board Member Brooke Glover, American Cider Association

ACA Vice President Brooke Glover wrote about a training in November 2020 that the ACA Board did as part of their antiracism commitment made in June 2020. They hired Dr. J Jackson-Beckham from Crafted for All as a multi-part training on equity and inclusion specifically tailored to the cider industry and supporting the ACA mission of a diverse cider industry.

Diversity and Inclusion Efforts Are Key to The American Wine Industry’s Future, VinePair

This article from VinePair discusses access to entry for BIPOC individuals hoping to get into wine.

California’s Vineyard Workers Already Faced Long Hours, Low Pay, and Harsh Conditions. Then Came Trump’s Immigration Crackdown, Mother Jones

This article highlights the challenges that vineyard workers face, with a focus on those working in the Napa Valley area of California.

Black-Owned Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries, VinePair

You can search and/or browse this database of black-owned businesses. Please note that businesses are not included until an owner has consented to be listed and has confirmed the listing details.

No More Masters, Malus

In this recent Malus piece, Megan Larmer breaks down the history of the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program (also known as H-2A visas) and how it impacts immigrant orchard workers in the cider industry and beyond.

The New York Times’ 1619 Project

This is a good place to start understanding the complex and detrimental role that slavery played in the history of United States.

Black History Month Resource Guide for Educators and Families - Center for Racial Justice in Education

This website is full of articles that can be read and referenced year round to discuss Black history.

Social Media

Tiffanie Barriere (@thedrinkingcoach) (Instagram)

Tiffanie Barriere is an award-winning bartender and social historian. On her feed she regularly shares history lessons, background research and social context for topics in the beverage industry and beyond.

Crafted for All (LinkedIn)

This LinkedIn page is full of tools a cidery can use to measure and evaluate your own progress toward creating an equitable and inclusive environment for your employees and your customers. Crafted For All is directed by J Nikol Jackson-Beckham, Ph.D., a former college professor, scholar, writer, and equity and inclusion strategist who provides consulting and training to individuals and organizations in the craft beverage industry.

Black Wine Professionals (@blackwineprofessionals) (Instagram)

Founded by Julia Coney, Black Wine Professionals is a resource for wine industry employers and gatekeepers, professionals, and the food and beverage community. One of the best parts of their feed (and website) is their comprehensive list of Black professionals broken down by category so you can find and follow writers, speakers, sommeliers, importers, retailers, bloggers and more.

Open Wine Forum (@OpenWineForum) (Instagram)

Open Wine Forum is a new organization aimed at helping to create a more diverse, creative and fairer wine world. Generating more access for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ persons and self-education are the two driving missions of this organization.

Rachel Cargle (@rachel.cargle) (Instagram)

Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work provide intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

@AntiracismDaily (Instagram)

This is the social media account that accompanies a daily newsletter that tackles a wide range of topics.

Cha McCoy (@cha_squared) (Instagram)

Cha McCoy is a sommelier, the Beverage Director for Cherry Bombe, and is the founder of her own consulting company centered around food and beverage experiences.

Wine Unify (Instagram)

Wine Unify is an educational group that seeks to provide opportunities for underrepresented minority groups, and amplify BIPOC voices in the wine industry.

The Hue Society (Instagram)

The Hue Society is an online community focused on Black wine culture. They are committed to rethinking and changing the narrative around how the market views consumers of color and BIPOC-owned brands.


*Disclosure: Olivia is a volunteer on our diversity committee.