This campaign is about white privilege and so these suggestions are focused on what white people can do. Use the resources listed below to learn more.
- Learn how white privilege has historically disadvantaged people of color
- Identify the costs of racism to you as a white person
- Take responsibility for your thoughts/actions
- Learn what it means to be a white ally to people of color
- Learn how historically white privilege has benefited you and other white people.
- Accept that you have unearned privilege and advantages—write them down
- Start seeing/hearing the privileges and advantages you have:
What can individuals do to further their understanding of white privilege and structural racism?
“Doing the work” is about understanding structural racism and analyzing the systems we work and live in to look for the characteristic of structural racism. It also entails developing the willingness to continuously evaluate our own actions and seeing that they align with our intents, e.g.: “I don’t intend to take advantage of my white privilege, but I don’t address it or attempt to change it when I identify it.” It also means dedicating ourselves to being in authentic relationships with people of different races and ethnicities.
The following are a few things to keep in mind in doing our personal work:
- A willingness to ask questions and face the answers;
- A willingness to be uncomfortable yet stay focused;
- An understanding of the importance of aligning our impact with our intent (walking the walk);
- An awareness of the possible consequences and risks of the journey;
- A commitment to remain on the journey and intentionally and consistently act to address racial inequities
It is hard to know what to say and how to interrupt racism. Use these resources to help you find the words and responses to confronting racism. Become and ally for racial equity and social justice.
Community Resources for Action
St. Paul Foundation
Facing Race We’re all in this together®, an initiative of The Saint Paul Foundation, is a campaign that provokes thought and discussion about the causes of discrimination, and ways to create a more equitable, just and open society in which everyone feels safe, valued and respected. The New Conversations® discussion tools are the centerpiece of Facing Race’s strategy to encourage individuals to talk and learn about racism. Participants learn new skills such as sharing personal histories, assuming good intent and addressing real-life situations. The following workshops will be offered in the Duluth area in the coming year:
New Conversations About Race and Racism®
New Conversations® About White Privilege
New Conversations®: Uncovering the 5 Myths That Support Racism
BRASS (Building Relationships, Analysis, Skills and Strategies)
The mission of this organization is to form partnerships and collaborations that will help strengthen the movement towards equity in our communities.
Brass Guiding Principles: As part of being in relationship we need to commit to taking risks, be willing to be uncomfortable, and stay in the process.
BRASS meets the last Monday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Peace Church: 1111 N. 11th Ave. East. BRASS meetings are open to the Community.
Community Action Duluth: Big View Forums
Big View Forums bring people together across race and class lines, in order to find solutions to problems that impact people in poverty. Big View Solution Meetings are held on the last Thursday of every month at Peace Church, 1111 North 11th Ave E, Duluth MN, from 5:30-8 p.m. Solutions to end poverty are identified, posed and presented by people with low incomes during our Solutions to End Poverty Forums which are held quarterly. For more information, call (218) 726-1665.
People’s Institute North (PIN)
PIN is the Minnesota reginonal office of the Peoples’ Institute for Survival and Beyond, based in New Orleans, LA. PIN conducts a two-day Undoing Racism workshop, which provides participants with an analysis of power, a common definition of racism, the different forms of racism, an understanding of history and how it impacts us today, and different barriers that can affect people working together to undo racism. PIN also provides training on white privilege and short presentations on racism to meet the needs of organizations.
University of Minnesota Duluth, Diversity Commission
UMD’s Chancellor Lindley Black and the Diversity Commission invite your participation in the 2011-2012 campus theme: “How did you come to be here?” Are you indigenous to this land? Were your ancestors forced here in slavery? Did you or your ancestors emigrate? What was the interaction between these different racial, cultural, religious groups? And who are we now as community? Whether your own unique story is a history of sovereignty, emigration, forced relocation or some unique combination, it is important that we journey towards cultural self awareness in preparation for acceptance and celebration of our rich diversity. MORE >>>
ASDIC – The Antiracism Study–Dialogue Circle
ASDIC (“azdek”) is devoted to reducing racism by bringing people together across racial and cultural boundaries to explore the very thing that divides us – the structures of racial domination that create our differing life experiences and that deeply shape us individually and collectively. Circle members move outward into the community, possessing the equipment and resources to work with others to dismantle the institutional and systemic racism that is embedded in their particular contexts. MORE >>>
Additional Information on ASDIC Circles contact:
ASDIC directly at 651-224-2728
Herbert Perkins, Executive Director
Margery Otto, Administrative Director
People of Color with Henry Banks, FM 91.3 KuWS
People of Color explores issues involving people of color in the Twin Ports. It is a weekly program, every Thursday at 5 p.m. MORE >>>
National Tools for Action
This toolkit is designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all. The toolkit presents a specific point of view on addressing unequal opportunities by race and offers simple, results-oriented steps to help you achieve your goals. MORE >>>
Applied Research Center – Racial Justice through Media, Research and Activism
America’s youth may be multi-racial, but that does not make them post-racial. And they are not monolithic. There are differences in how millennials of different races and ethnicities view the extent and continued significance of racism in various systems. These tools help them go beyond interpersonal racism and talk about systemic racism. MORE >>>
Racial Equity Tools
Racial Equity Tools is designed to support individuals and groups across sectors and at all levels in the work of promoting racial equity. The site includes ideas, strategies and tips, as well as a clearinghouse of resources and links from many sources. MORE >>>
- Speak up when you see white privilege, name it
Speak up when you see people of color being treated unfairly
Support the leadership of people of color