The Role of White Co-Conspirators in Dismantling Systemic Racism

The Role of White Co-Conspirators in Dismantling Systemic Racism

Written by Andrew Greenia
Edited by Daisy Han

12 min read

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

“Social justice work necessitates being in partnership with and yielding to the leadership of People of Color through solidarity, accountability, and dialogue. As I engage in racial justice work, I frequently encounter a dilemma where white people center whiteness by continually directing attention to their own experiences or minimizing the contributions of People of Color, even as we seek to decenter whiteness. By centering our own involvement and obscuring the voices of People of Color, white people often approach social justice work in ways that mirror the histories of colonialism and domination that anti-racist work seeks to subvert. Does this mean that white people do not have a role to play in dismantling systems of oppression? No. But, the ways in which we approach this work is critical.”

Embracing Equity is a Pathway for Healing

Embracing Equity is a Pathway for Healing

By Britt Hawthorne, Director of Communications

4-minute read

“The summer of 2016 was painful. I locked myself in our home and didn’t leave for two weeks. Struck with grief, anger, and fear, I started reading everything I could about equity, race, and structural racism to understand and dismantle white supremacy. Fast forward to 2017, I found myself leading conversations with social justice folxs, but I still hadn’t healed from the killings that happened in 2016: Keith Lamont Scott, Terence Crutcher, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and many more. The mainstream antidotes of bubble baths, chocolate, and Baptiste yoga didn’t seem to do the trick. My Western diet of self-care resulted in consumerism, saviorism, and my right to comfort. So, I continued doing what I knew, seeking more education.”