The other thing I’d like to see more of is people posting what they’ve been doing. It isn’t bragging. It isn’t virtue signaling. It is helping others to figure out what they can do and it is helping others feel like the norm is doing something rather than the norm not being doing anything. When you’ve done something, post it in your blog. Tweet it on your twitter account. Tell your IRL friends. Come here and tell us about it. When I see people doing this, *I* get more motivated because it reminds me that I’m not alone. Every time you let people know you acted, you cause more actions. Don’t keep it to yourself!
Subject: Dear White people/ people of European descent
Frantic messages to people of color with half-baked ideas is very wearying.
Hold off on those projects, scholarships, concerts.
Requests that we come to speak now to your organization without you first taking an assessment of where you are and how a training fits into a larger context of justice and equity are tokenizing. If you want the expertise, pay for it.
Instead I have a few suggestions:
1. Do your work. Focus on uncovering your hidden racial bias. Build emotional resilience so that you can be with uncomfortable truths and stay present. You have a lot of work to do before initiating efforts to help people of color. If you'd like some guidance in uncovering your bias, go here.
2. Talk with other people of European descent. If you are silent or ineffective, no shame in that--but get training. Come to the preview call to find out about our Stop Being Afraid: Transform your Conversations about Racism course. Details here.
3. Look for ways to share power, wealth, access--every day. Put it on your to-do list or add a post it to your screen. Ask yourself it you did it every night.
Will you take this on? Please reply to let me know.
Going to bed now,