Anti-racism is a process of actively identifying and opposing racism. The goal of anti-racism is to challenge racism and actively change the policies, behaviors, and beliefs that perpetuate racist ideas and actions.
Anti-racism is rooted in action. It is about taking steps to eliminate racism at the individual, institutional, and structural levels. It is not a new concept, but the Black Lives Matter movement has helped increase the focus on the importance of anti-racism.
In this video from the University of Dayton, Professor Leslie Picca explains how anti-racism calls us to actively promote social justice by engaging in difficult conversations, challenging assumptions about how our organization functions, and disrupting existing policies and practices.
This article from CBS news explores the differences between being ‘non-racist’ and ‘anti-racist.’ This article was written following the tragic death of George Floyd.
Take a listen to this podcast, where Dr. Ibram X. Kendi explores anti-racism and how a racist society can negatively impact everyone involved.
Reflection and Response
What does it mean to be anti-racist?
What are some ways you check yourself and hold others accountable if you notice you, or someone else, is being racist?