Are we treating symptoms or systems?

Some reflections on the work of building anti-racist organizations

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1. To respond to racism as a systemic issue requires an embodied awareness of what constitutes the ‘system’.

2. The fact of something being intangible or ‘subtle’ does not render it less pernicious.

3. Specificity is not antithetical to intersectionality.

4. Our behavior change efforts must go beyond compliance measures and ‘awareness-raising’ that targets the intellect.

5. We are always in relationship. The responsibility of this fact is immense.

6. We cannot afford to wait for the master facilitators and trained experts to open the spaces where collective understanding and change emerges.

7. We have to be willing to experiment.

8. The foundation for everything must be love.

“Love takes off the masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within.” — James Baldwin



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