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June 29, 2010

Anti-Racism Resource

Filed under: Uncategorized — thirdxlucky @ 11:43 pm
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Building a Multi-Ethnic, Inclusive & Anti-Racist Organization

This is a packet put together by the Safehouse. It’s a quick read, easy to digest, with a lot of good answers to the typically derailing “But what are we supposed to DO?” Some of it is specific to non-profit organizations with a hierarchical structure and a board/CEO – but the last page, “Qualities of an Anti-Racist Ally,” is useful for anyone who wants to do anti-racist work. (The Safehouse also does anti-racism trainings, apparently.)

Due, I think, to a couple of recent shakeups (namely the demise of Eagle’s Landing and the incursion of one particularly creepy dude into the Monday Poly MeetUp), we’ve recently started having a lot of conversations as a community about what the MeetUp is all about, what it means to us, and how we want to organize it. One of the things we’ve talked about is the various virtues of public vs. private space and trying to find a balance between safety and inclusivity. This has opened up the door a little bit to talk about how homogeneous our community is around ethnicity, age, gender and sexual orientation (we are mostly a bunch of young, cisgendered, straight and bisexual white kids) and what’s up with that.

Some people seem like they want to talk about it but are nervous and being conflict-avoidant (I’m in this camp), others seem like they get that it’s an issue but they don’t think it’s an important one or don’t want to deal with it right now. So it’s slow going… But at least it’s going.


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