A checklist to help you get started in fighting against racism and realizing systemic change.
Dr. Ibram Kendi, in his book, How to Be An Antiracist, describes racism in society as such:
"You’re either racist or antiracist; there’s no such thing as ‘not racist.’ Even inaction (simply being ‘not racist’) in the face of racism is, in fact, a form of racism. The idea of an innocent bystander is wishful thinking for Kendi; instead, there’s only racism and antiracism."
This may be a harsh reality to hear for a lot of us who consider ourselves “not racist.” A good majority of us may never utter a racial slur and be revolted by the thought, however unless we are actively working to combat racist policies and support policies that help BIPOC communities prosper, we are in fact, racist.
Racist: One who is supporting a racist policy through their actions or inaction or expressing a racist idea.
Antiracist: One who is supporting an antiracist policy through their actions or expressing an antiracist idea.
Use this checklist as a means to start or continue your work in antiracism to help realize the change we desperately need for America and the Black community. Check off items as you go. The act of sitting on the sidelines and waiting for others to end racism has laid bare its contributions to pro-racist policies. The time for action is now.
Editors note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you check off all items - Amazing! Then continue to pursue more knowledge and deeper action. This is meant to be a start and I welcome new ways to add to this list or reform it to be the most comprehensive and constructive to support antiracism. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to start a dialogue.