Well, what can I do?
Updated: Jun 26, 2021
When I've chatted with (white) people about anti-racist work, one of the most common phrases I've heard is something like: "There's absolutely a problem with racism, but I don't really know where to start." We're here to help you as you go! I'd like to share a short list of pieces of general advice that have helped me do this work, followed by a long list of specific steps you can take.
1. People of color have been doing this work for a very long time.
This is the reality of it. If you're feeling overwhelmed when you think of all the work you have to do, just come back to this one simple fact. Take a deep breath, and dive back in!
2. Listen to, and amplify, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color) voices.
As mentioned above, people of color have been doing this work for a very long time. They have written, they have spoken, they have presented. The resources are out there, and it is important to honor their work by centering their voices.
3. Have the tough conversations.
We all know what I'm talking about: the awkward silence and quick topic-change after an uncle makes a racist comment at Thanksgiving dinner. It is time to stop avoiding the difficult conversations, though it may be awkward and uncomfortable. If you don't address it, who will? Be brave, and break the cycle.
4. You're going to make mistakes, and that's okay.
One of the most important things to remember about anti-racist work is that it is life-long. We are always learning and growing! Approach this work with humility, accept criticism with grace, and take responsibility when you are wrong. Just keep showing up, every day, and recommitting to your work. We're proud of you for being here.
Looking for more specific ways to take action? CLICK HERE for a list of 103 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice. - Adelaide Fuller