An ever-expanding list of common understandings we share as anti-racists. Please feel free to submit your own entries.
- White privilege exists.
- Sanctuary is not segregation.
- Flipping the actors does not lend clarity to an issue, nor does it mean that you have created equivalent analogies. See entry under Fallacious Flip.
- People must own their feelings and expressions. Ventriloquy is not helpful in discussions of racism.
- Seeking the empowerment of people of color is not the same as disenfranchising white people.
- Racism is more than “individual acts of meanness.” (Peggy McIntosh)
- Hating white privilege is not the same as hating whitey.
- Defensive responses to issues voiced by people of color are invocations of privilege.
- A claim to anti-racism cannot be made based on any variation of the “black friend defense” (Mexican boyfriend, Asian wife, children of color, etc.).
- Apology means say you’re sorry and then shut up. No rationalization, no long explanation of your intention, no invocation of the black friend defense. And then work on making change.
- The anti-racist focus should be on effect rather than intention.
- Celebrations of “multiculturalism” do not address racism.
- People of color are not responsible for the education of white people.
- It’s not all about you.
- An experience you have as a white person that you think is similar to an experience related by a person of color is not a valid proof that racism doesn’t exist.
- “Anti-racism” does not exist without action.