Anti-Racism means to identify and oppose racism and to actively work towards changing behaviors, beliefs, and policies that perpetuate racist ideas and actions. How can a person become anti-racist? Check out the tips below! (From NPR’s article ‘Not Racist’ Is Not Enough: Putting in the Work to Be Anti-Racist.)
Accept that we've all been raised in a society that elevates white culture over others. Being anti-racist will mean first challenging those notions inside yourself.
Learn the history of racism and anti-racism, especially in America, to educate yourself about the complexities of the issues you'll be confronting.
Seek out films and TV shows which will challenge your notions of race and culture and dive in deeply, learning to see anti-racism in new ways.
Find local organizations involved in anti-racism efforts – preferably led by people of color – and help uplift their voices and ideas. In Seattle, start by exploring Families of Color Seattle and The Village of Hope Seattle.
Resources for Taking Action
As anti-racism becomes a popular goal for schools across the nation, this TT advisory board member considers what it really means to be an anti-racist educator. (Learning for Justice)
These articles, videos, podcasts, and websites from the Smithsonian chronicle the history of anti-black violence and inequality in the United States. (Smithsonian Mag)
Rotten Tomatoes is celebrating the work of Black filmmakers and performers and the stories they have brought to our theaters over the past 20-plus years. In this guide to the best-reviewed African American movies of the 21st Century – that’s from 2000 all the way to now – you’ll find some of the most incredible voices working in movies today, and some of the most game-changing, industry-shaking films to hit theaters in decades. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Books by Black Authors and Illustrators from Penguin Random House
This wonderful list opens as pdf with images of the book covers. Click on the image of a book cover to reveal more about the book and author.