You might not be racist but are you Anti-Racist
- Not being racist isn’t allyship
- Anti-racism isn’t a belief it’s a set of actions
- Calling out racist actions, actions, beliefs, and structures EVERY SINGLE
- It’s uncomfortable, but it’s how we make a change
- Be active and constant
De-Prioritize White Comfort
- White/Majority comfort is not more important than the safety of black and minority people.
- Black people move through a world that wasn’t built for them
- This is hostel for Black people day in and day out
- This isn’t just uncomfortable but scary and dangerous
- You will never be as uncomfortable about racism as a black person who can’t breathe from police brutality
- People who are used to being in the majority are used to being heard and listened to more than their black friends or colleagues.
- Make a conscious effort to decentralize yourself for the conversation
- Listen without asking questions and without inserting your thoughts
- Just listen to the experiences, and you might be surprised what you learn
Don’t’ Call Upon Your Black Loved Ones To Prove You Aren’t Racist
- Your black loved ones are not tools for you to point to as a way to prove you’re not racist
- You can have black loved ones and still be racist
- Anti-racist action is the only way to show your beliefs
Use Your Platform
- No matter how small or large you have an opportunity to reach people
- Share news stories and updates especially if you’re following isn’t as diverse
- Raise awareness among those who might not be aware not as a way to gain creditability with black or minority people
- Understand your voice can travel places that ours can’t
- But remember- posting is not taking action.
- Phone calls
- Conversations are actions
Allow Black People To Feel
- Don’t tell people that they are grieving or reacting in the wrong way
- Being a black is a daily barrage
- Sometimes we feel it all, sometimes we are numb, and both are reasonable.
- Don’t ask black people to educate you.
- Buy books on white privilege, racism, systemic racism, and anti-racism.
- Teaching people about racism is hard, emotional, and exhausting work.
- Seek out knowledge and share it
- Check if your black loved ones have the mental and emotional capacity for what you need before unloading onto them
- Take charge of your own education
- Avoid white guilt
- If you think racism is upsetting, imagine how we feel.
- Don’t spend time working through your guilt. Fight for black lives instead of prioritizing white feelings
- Don’t compare racism to struggles you’ve had
- Though it comes from a good place, this prioritizes your struggles over racism
- Avoid white saviorism
- You are not our savior
- You are simply making an effort to lessen the hurt your systems and privilege cause
- Don’t give yourself a gold medal for doing what’s right
- 3 Books you should read
- 3 Films you should watch
- Black Power Mixtape directed by Gorgan Olsson
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by Stanley Nelson Jr
- I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck
- 3 Black organizations to donate to
Remember, it’s a privilege to educate yourself about racism instead of experience it, and this isn’t about white vs. black but racism vs. anti-racist.
To all black people, your life matters, your happiness matters, and your dreams matter. Thank you.