As author Ibram X. Kendi writes in How to be an Antiracist: The opposite of racist isn’t “not racist.” It is “anti-racist.”:
“What’s the difference? One endorses either the idea of a racial hierarchy as a racist, or racial equality as an anti-racist. One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an anti-racist. One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.'”
On this page, we provide you resources to help you take action to serve as an anti-racist. We will continue to update this page as we collectively learn, evolve and work together to create positive change.
Get Curious and Educate Yourself
While it may seem easier to ask black friends and colleagues to teach you, it is actually dehumanizing to be asked to represent the experiences of your entire race.
There are many amazing books and articles that illuminate the complex and multifaceted nature of racism in the United States. We encourage you to expand your genuine curiosity and do your own research.
Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) is a non-profit, networking and professional development organization that promotes equity and inclusion as important elements of business and community success.
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AWE Resources to Support Courageous Conversations
Contact AWE to learn more about our Inclusive Leadership program designed to help leaders expand their ability to engage others through belonging by recognizing uniqueness and creating trusted alignment.
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On behalf of AWE, we join you in grieving the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many more, named and unnamed, whose lives have been taken from them due to racial injustice. We also want to share our support for all who live daily with the fear, stress, and anxiety of racial discrimination and inequity. There is much work to be done to unify and heal ourselves and our communities from a place of consciousness.
We are committed to listening deeply, learning, and finding meaningful ways to use our voice, our platform and our resources to help transform our collective sadness, pain, anger, and feelings of hopelessness to real awareness and actions that can create positive, systemic change. We have hope that we can inspire each other to choose actions that benefit the greater good, create real connection through courageous conversations, and expand our collective lens of what is possible for all.