Written by Rorri Geller-Mohamed, LCSW
November 15, 2020
Imagine if you felt that your words and actions could truly create change. Anti-racism work is big, which means we may often feel like we aren’t doing enough, overwhelmed with it all, powerless, or confused about where to focus our efforts so that it will make the most difference.
As white people coming into this work, we often don’t have the guidance for what this should look like for us or white anti-racist role models in our life to follow. Rarely, do we have people or a space to process the emotions that come up along the way that may make us feel stuck. We don’t want to cause harm and we want to see change but we may not know what to say or do for that to be. I’m doing this work to change this. We all need to be stepping up in this together but we also need to know what that means, have support to do it, and feel prepared to take it on.
Your words and action truly can create change and I want you to feel prepared to make that happen. This is why I’m sharing some steps with you today to make it more tangible as well as I’ll be breaking some of these ideas down in more detail at my free upcoming webinar next week.
Here are some steps you can take:
1. Use an anti-racism lens to assess the relationships in your life, places you frequent, and communities in which you are part. Pay attention to where conversations about race, racial justice, and racial equity are happening and where that topic is left out. Look at who has a seat at the table and which voices are missing.
2.Think about how you can use your connection to those spaces and people to bring in conversations that are missing, expand conversations in areas where the topic seems stuck, amplify the voices that are missing, and explore ways to change power dynamics.
3. Be conscious of your own emotions that come up when doing this work, process and work through them so it pushes you forward instead of holding you back. It’s common to feel unprepared or not informed enough to engage, remember it’s not about perfection it’s about humanity. Trust that where you are right now is a good place to start.
4. Connect with a community of people doing this work. We may not be able to lean on our traditional support system for this work and yet we need support when doing this work. Make space in your life for new connections or strengthen those that you have. You can join our social justice family network if you are looking for a place to start.
Join me next week for 5 Strategies To Shift Your Racial Equity and Justice Conversations with White People From Frustrating to Change Making webinar and invite a friend that could also use the support.
To pushing for change.
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