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Anti-Racism Resources for Non-Black Individuals and Communities of Color

As a non-black person of color (NBPOC), you may be wondering where you fit in at this latest moment of explicit racial conflict and tension. Whether it is reactions following the most recent police murder of a Black individual, or reactions to the current discourse, rhetoric and conversations about racism in our current events, we at the Counseling Center stand with you and would like to support you with resources. Listed below is information on ways that you can reflect, educate, or take action to combat Anti-Black racism as a NBPOC.

 

Reflect

It is very appropriate and normal to have varying reactions to the current anti-Black racial discourse. Holding space for these varied emotions can feel confusing and difficult, particularly when the emotions of guilt, shame, sadness, or anger arise. Prior to taking steps to further educate yourself, or even taking action against Anti-Black racism, it is helpful to make space and reflect on your internal experiences. Here are some resources that will provide some guidance or structure as you reflect.

 

Educate yourself

If you are in a place where all of the information (and there is an overwhelming amount of information out there) feels like a blur, or if you don’t know where to start in educating yourself, here are some great resources that can help you learn about what Anti-Black racism is, how your own NBPOC identity intersects with Anti-Black racism, and how to begin the work of dismantling Anti-Black racism in your own way.

 

Take action

Educating yourself and reflecting are only meaningful steps if they lead to action. When you are ready to do something, there are many ways you can take action against anti-Black racism. Below are just a few ideas about actions you can take.

As silence perpetuates anti-Blackness, taking action also includes having sometimes difficult conversations about race with others. Parents and caregivers can also take action by teaching and role-modeling anti-racism to children.

 

Finally, building and sustaining a movement that can end anti-Black racism and police brutality will take large numbers of people committed to making this change. Calling in family members and friends is work that you can do to build the movement, and it likely involves less risk to you than what Black people experience when they try to do this. Spend time with people in your community who may only be starting to realize what is happening, acknowledge your own challenges and imperfections in engaging in anti-racism actions, and invite them to join this movement and be on the right side of history. Visit the Black Lives Matter Seattle Chapter website to learn about local press conferences, statements, events, and initiatives. Follow their social media channels to stay informed.