A life-long learner, constantly evolving, who contributes positively to society. That’s what I aspire to be.
I’m focused now on moving from non-racist to anti-racist as I learn, grow and engage. If you’re on a similar journey, please read on.
. . .
Wiser, more experienced minds than mine have defined “anti-racism” as
“the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.” 
It’s not enough to be “not racist” 
That’s because a “not racist” posture is passive. It does nothing to build solutions to problems caused by racism. It merely identifies you as someone who presumably does not behave in a prejudiced or discriminatory manner. 
An intentional commitment to societal change is what is called for: by undoing racism’s damage, by changing racist policies, by preventing inequalities based on skin color or ethnicity, by realizing the goal of equality for all. 
Becoming “anti-racist” is that active positive commitment.
What can I do?
I’ve described elsewhere what I now do on a one-to-one basis when confronted by racism.
But, even as I wrote and posted this piece, self evaluation of my efforts made them seem small, inconsequential, unlikely to significantly move the needle from a passive “not racist” stance to an active, effective “anti-racist” one.
So, I reached out to see what others advised that would have greater impact.
Some actionable ideas
- Volunteer for, or contribute to, organizations with anti-racist ideals, policies and programs 
- Use your influence to change racist policies 
- Talk about race and racism 
- Use metacognition — essentially thinking about your own thought processes — to constantly re-evaluate your understanding about racism-related issues
- Diversify your circle of friends/acquaintances to include others unlike yourself 
- Read 
- Be intentionally anti-racist 
- Speak up courageously to family and friends 
- Learn — at racism-focused meetings, events, demonstrations 
- Support POC-owned businesses 
- Don’t scapegoat 
. . .
This is all a starting point
As described, I’m on a life-long journey to learn, grow and contribute. In a wide variety of ways and on a wide variety of subjects, I’m just beginning my journey. That’s a constant for me.
If you have knowledge and opinions to share I welcome your input, always.
Thank you for reading.
. . .
A “Google” search of anti-racist themed books will reveal many fine works. Scholar Ibram X. Kendi’s book, How To Be An Antiracist, is a classic.
This post was previously published on Equality Includes You.
You may also like these posts on The Good Men Project:
|White Fragility: Talking to White People About Racism||Escape the “Act Like a Man” Box||Why I Don’t Want to Talk About Race||What We Talk About When We Talk About Men|
Join The Good Men Project as a Premium Member today.
All Premium Members get to view The Good Men Project with NO ADS.
A $50 annual membership gives you an all access pass. You can be a part of every call, group, class and community.
A $25 annual membership gives you access to one class, one Social Interest group and our online communities.
A $12 annual membership gives you access to our Friday calls with the publisher, our online community.
Register New Account
Need more info? A complete list of benefits is here.
Photo credit: Unsplash