Anti-Racism Resource Guide
Visit the link below for a non-exhaustive list of resources (articles, films, podcasts, and other materials) to practice anti-racism, learn how to be involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, and support diverse communities on and off-campus. For any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anti-Racism Resource Guide
As a community, we are aware that language holds power and can be used to engage, support and even divide communities. It is also important to note that the language used to discuss power, privilege, racism, and oppression carries different meanings for different people. To better understand language and its proper use, please take a look at the Racial Equity Tools Glossary.
Anti-racism is the act of opposing racism/white supremacy in all forms - both in our society, other people, and even the racism that exists within yourself and in the ways you perpetuate racism with your behaviors. It is about identifying the root causes of racism and putting an end to them.
Steps to Becoming Anti-Racist:
Awareness: This might be your initial awakening to the racial injustices around you. You are not only finally able to see that they exist, but that you play a crucial role in stopping the cycle by becoming anti-racist. Being aware of racial injustices or understanding that you have privilege won’t make you antiracist. You have to keep going through the remaining stages. This awakening is not a one-time event. It will happen once, on a broad level regarding race and white supremacy, and will continue to happen on issue-specific levels as you dive deeper and create space for more and more varied lived experiences in your understanding of these systems.
Education: This is where you become an intentional student in this work. From webinars, lectures, and workshops, to blog posts, books, and documentaries, study the complexities of racism and the many ways it manifests within our society. The point of educating yourself on race and white supremacy isn't for you to be able to articulate these complex topics in intellectual debates about inequality, it’s about you being able to develop the eye for identifying white supremacy in its many forms (in others and in yourself) without being hand-held to do so.
Self-Interrogation: This is where you disarm yourself of the racist tools of defense that you’ve used to bypass the work of anti-racism. This is where you begin to replace them with tools of accountability to stop racist behaviors. Self-interrogation is a skill and a process. Being effective and efficient at this stage takes time and practice. While it will start out as the part of this work that source the most discomfort within you, you will eventually get to a place where you’re operating out of a growth mindset and embrace the many ways to identify how you can better be living up to the person you want to be in this fight for human equality.
Community Action: Attempting to do this part of the work without accomplishing the first three stages is how you end up harming communities of color with performative allyship. In stage four, you incorporate what you’ve learned during your ongoing process into your everyday life. You leverage your positions of leadership and influence - no matter how big or small - to encourage others to do their own work in anti-racism. You elevate the intellectual contributions and scholarship of people of color educators and thought leaders in the process. This stage of the work will not be void of mistakes, but the way those are handled and the number of times they are repeated thereafter (as least as possible), is what will make the difference here. Because leading by example in your failures is but one of the many ways for you to do this work authentically.
Antiracism definition and steps adapted and abbreviated from The Antiracism Starter Kit by L. Glenise Pike