Words to Think About

“When we choose to be antiracist, we become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities…Being antiracist is believing that racism is everyone’s problem, and we all have a role to play in stopping it.” — National Museum of African American History and Culture

Racism is a system (consisting of structures, policies, practices and norms) that structures opportunity and assigns value based on… the way people look.” — Confronting Institutionalized Racism, Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD

Antiracism is the active dismantling of systems, privileges, and everyday practices that reinforce and normalize…white dominance.” — What Anti-Racism Really Means – and How to Be Anti-Racist, Kimberle Crenshaw, JD, LLM

White supremacy – once used only to describe racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan – is now used to describe a system of policies, practices and institutions built on the idea that people with white skin are superior to people with other skin colors. The system of white supremacy maintains white people’s access to power, privilege and wealth while creating barriers to Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color accessing those same resources. — Adapted from Building an Antiracist Vocabulary, White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action

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Beth El Antiracism Learning Group Selections 2021-2022

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