EP 20: Anti-racism for Allies Q&A Session - Co-hosts R.M Michäele Antoine and Renee GhaheriFeb 18, 2021
In this session, we're discussing how to talk about race and what it means to transition from an ally to an anti-racist. We're sharing useful tools and techniques to maneuver challenging conversations surrounding race!
Special guests, R.M Michäele Antoine and Renee Ghaheri join us to offer some of their own personal experiences as well as their DEI expertise.
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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
(00:02:59) What to Expect
(00:03:48) Creating a Positive Space
(00:08:20) What does it mean to be an anti-racist? What does anti-racism mean to you?
(00:12:22) What does allyship mean to you? What does it look like?
(00:16:58) What is the first step in transitioning from an ally to an anti-racist? Is there an initiative or an activity that you would recommend to allies who are beginning that transition?
(00:23:02) I’m reading “How to Be an Antiracist” and it’s taught me that it’s best to point out when people do, say, or use something racist because they may not realize when what they do, say, or use is in fact, racist. But what is the best way to have that conversation without making that person defensive?
(00:32:32) How do I convince my white friends and family that the Black Lives Matter movement has anything to do with them? They seem a bit disengaged and don’t want to be involved although they are vocal and outraged with the looting and rioting.
(00:42:01) I’d like to hear how to ask my friends who are people of color (as a person of color myself but of a different ethnicity) about how they are handling/coping with recent events related to racial injustice and if there is anything I can do to help them specifically? I’m not asking them about anything I should do to be an ally, that is on me. I’d also like to hear what’s a way to do that without forcing a response since I’ve heard both, that it’s not okay to ask this in certain situations and also that it’s not okay to say, “it’s okay if you don’t want to talk about this right now” because that gives agency away from the person you are approaching.
(00:49:47) How can you speak to someone about BLM and systemic racism when they have alternative facts from Fox News or from the president himself. The conversations tend to go nowhere in my experience and they say stuff like, “the president has reduced black-on-black crime.” Parroting something that they heard.
(00:52:29) If at all, under what circumstances is it appropriate to invite friends or colleagues of color to consult, present, provide feedback/resources, or in any way help our organization become more diverse in a healthy, meaningful, and authentic way?
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