July 24, 2007 by multiracialsky
A longtime friend of mine called me today. She said, Now that I know about White Privilege, what can I do about it? Here are my . . .
11 Action Items for Antiracist Activism and Countering White Privilege
(1) TALK: Talk about race, racism, and White Privilege, and how important antiracist activism is to you. If you are White, you can use your presumed neutrality to talk to other White people, and to challenge and dismantle racist beliefs. [Resource: Talking About Race]
(2) SPEAK UP: Challenge racist remarks every time you hear them. If you are silent, you are complicit.
(3) LISTEN: When a Person of Color shares an experience of racism, or a race-based concern, listen.
(4) LANGUAGE: Use accurate, current terminology when talking about race and ethnicity. [Resource: Current Terminology in the United States]
(5) SELF-EDUCATE: Educate yourself. Continue to recognize the many ways you may benefit from racism or White Privilege (especially if you are, or appear to be, White).
(6) MEDIA: Read books, news, commentary, blogs, and political comics written by People of Color. Watch news, movies, and television shows written and produced by People of Color (not just Oprah).
(7) ENVIROMENT: Create a multiracial home environment or classroom. [Resource: Creating a Multiracial Environment]
(8) FRIENDSHIP: Make your group of friends multiracial and multicultural.
(9) JOIN: Become active in organizations that support multiracial and multicultural populations. Refuse to support or join racist or racially-exclusionary organizations, including schools and religious groups. If you are a member of an organization and the membership is almost all White, make the group more inclusive of People of Color.
(10) MONEY: Use your dollars to vote. Refuse to support places of business and companies (including restaurants, catalogs, stores, and brands) that uphold racist policies or actions.
(11) TRAINING: Initiate and support cultural competency, multicultural, and diversity trainings in your local schools, work places, and other organizations, including religious groups.
There are many additional antiracist actions one could take in the ongoing struggle against White Privilege, but these are the most concrete and practical. I will add more specific resources for each of the 11 items in the next week.