It’s not enough to say “I’m not racist.” 5 antiracist things you can do in your daily life.

It means examining yourself and your world, being constantly self-aware, self-critical and willing to adjust.As Kendi sums it up in his bestselling book, How To Be An Antiracist: “The opposite of ‘racist’ isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘antiracist.’”Listen: NITV political correspondent, Shahni Wellington, is determined to help address issues that Indigenous people face every day. (Post continues below)How to be antiracist.The concept of antiracism centres around accountability and action.The National Museum of African American History and Culture puts it this way: “When we choose to be antiracist, we become actively conscious about race and racism and take actions to end racial inequities in our daily lives.”That last part is key.In her book, Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help You Challenge Privilege, Confront Systemic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing, Dr Anneliese A. Singh explores the work of antiracism thought-leaders and offers a few conclusions about how we can strive for it in our day-to-day lives.Here are just a few.1. Read and educate yourself on the effects, impacts, and other structures of racism.Seek out information and stories and perspectives about race and white supremacy in history, modern society, politics, media, economics, education, entertainment and more. Particularly seek out those offered by people of colour.For example, here are 12 books to read about racism abroad and in Australia.The resources below are also a great place to start, but there are thousands upon thousands more.

Resources for those wanting to educate themselves and our children about anti-racism. Please take some time so we can improve this world we’re currently living in. I will continue to add resources as I find them. #BlackLivesMatter Anti-Racism Resources
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2. Identify new ways to challenge everyday racism and work on racial justice initiatives.This may be interrogating the structure or policies of your workplace, or championing a local politician or community leader who is working to remove barriers to equality. Or by volunteering for organisations that are doing the same.3. Identify internalised racial attitudes you have about people of colour.“Remember how you participate in the thoughts, beliefs, and actions that uphold racism, whether you intend to or not, and how you ‘forget’ that racism exists.” —  Dr. Singh.Microaggressions — or ‘casual racism’ — are key here. These are the everyday slights directed at minority groups, usually without the intention of causing offence. They’re little actions, but they can cause deep hurt.


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