Exploring Antiracist Accountability this Black History Month
As we continue with our antiracist actions and reflections for Black History Month, we’ve once again suspended our regular blog. This time it’s to bring you resources for antiracist accountability. These include resources for teachers, academics, businesses leaders, and white people in general. We’ve consulted several of them ourselves and believe that all of them are valuable.
Embrace Race, an organization committed to “raising a generation of children who are thoughtful, informed, and brave about race,” has created a series of webinars, action guides, and resources for parents and educators. Some actions Embrace Race suggests for teaching about race include:
- Acknowledge your own biases and share things you do to confront bias.
- Make sure to highlight the heroes who have fought racial struggles. Embrace Race has compiled a list of antiracist books for grades 6-12.
- Connect conversations about racism to the change that youth want to see and discuss how youth can make antiracist change possible.
Learning for Justice
Learning for Justice has created learning plans, posters, and teaching strategies for educators working towards racial justice. In addition to classroom resources, Learning for Justice offers webinars and self-paced learning for educators.
According to Learning for Justice, antiracist educators should move away from checklists and instead take a holistic approach. There are many dimensions of schooling (e.g., the demographics of the staff, teaching practices, student well-being, etc.) and antiracist educators should consider all of them. Antiracist educators should maintain a level of humility and “commit to a lifestyle of studying what racism looks like in all its forms.”
Academics for Black Lives
Academics for Black Lives (A4BL) serves as both an antiracist training and collective action group for white academics, and a healing and wellness space for Black academics. Actions within A4BL include
- supporting Black activists, organizations, and individuals by signing petitions, donating, and calling representatives,
- continuing to educate oneself about systemic racism, white supremacy, and injustice, and
- exploring the Black survival and wellness workshops available on their site.
Antiracism Resources from B Lab
B Lab certifies businesses “that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” B Lab developed an antiracism resources page specifically for businesses striving to meet those standards.
Actions include what your company can do, like guiding teams from an antiracist perspective, providing individual support for Black employees, and centering equity and justice in company practices. B Lab also covers what you can do as an individual, like taking political action, fundraising, petitioning, donating to bail funds, and buying from Black-owned B Corps.
Standing Up for Racial Justice
Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) connects antiracist organizing efforts and individuals from across the country. SURJ’s vision is a multi-racial majority working to undermine white supremacy and achieve racial justice. They support community organizing, help groups mobilize, and provide antiracist education.
Actions within SURJ may include:
- Connecting with your SURJ chapter to plug into local actions.
- Joining specific working groups within your chapter that focus on issues like housing justice, education justice, immigration justice, anti-mass incarceration work, and envisioning solutions beyond policing.
- Supporting Black-led accountability partners by donating, phonebanking, and supporting their proposed bills.