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Friends, 

Today’s reflection will lay the foundation for our anti-racism journeys — starting with a definition of what racism is, and what racism is not. Before you begin today’s reflection, please watch the first 4 minutes of this video.

First, a definition of racism for aspiring Anti-Racists:

Racism is not an individual prejudice or belief. Nor is racism a fixed characteristic that you can simply claim or disavow. Racism is a system of power, privilege and oppression based on race.

This definition will be important for your reflections today. Please reply with your reflections as they come up – I'd love to hear from you!

With gratitude,

Mariah 

 

Reflection 02/30


 

“If you're a white person in America, you're a racist, pure and simple, and without a lifetime of conscious effort you always will be.” 
— Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility 

 

Reflection 1: Reading that statement, what is your reaction? What feelings (of guilt, rejection, defensiveness) emerge? What does that tell you about your current, or former definitions of racism in relation to yourself? 

 

“Anti-racism is an acknowledgment of privilege in a way that, I think, simply disavowing racism is not. It takes seriously that we all are situated into different matrices of power and privilege, and the first step is to take stock of that and not to disavow it or invisibilize it.” 
— Malini Ranganathan

 

Reflection 2: Take stock of your relationship with racism not as a concept that you disavow, but as a system we're born into. How have you personally benefited from the power and privileges that the system of racism affords white people in America? 


📚Recommended reading


What it means to be anti-racist, Anna North

White Fragility, a book by Robin DiAngelo 
 
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