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We are living in a time when we have to sit with two truths.

One truth is that it will take time to shift systems to be more racially equitable. For some of us, this is the first time we’ve actively looked at the ways we can achieve racial equity. For others, we have been in this movement for years and have become increasingly frustrated with seeing the same injustices over and over again.

The other truth is that we don’t have the time, and we haven’t had the time for years now. It’s due time that we take collective responsibility for the systematic, structural, internalized, and ideological effects of racism, understand our personal role in the social fabric of racism. Once you understand your role, you can learn how you personally can contribute to effectively dismantling systemic racism. 

The 4 I’s

Understanding racism and how to end it is challenging. The “4 I’s” framework provides a helpful way to break it down.

Resources for Learning and Action

This is just a starting point of resources to explore as you take action to fulfill your pledge. Remember that advancing racial equity is an ongoing process of educating and challenging yourself, and that more resources, data, videos, and articles are just a Google search away!

A concurrent step we recommend is for you to advocate for your organization to hold a Dialogues on Race and Ethnicity series, or bring in one of our Dialogues on Race workshops

Educational articles, books, videos, and films

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race. Jay Smooth

“Doubly Divided: The Racial Wealth Gap,” by Meizhu Lui

How a Hashtag Defined a Movement

What is Systemic Racism?– Race Forward series

“Making inclusion a core business strategy,” by Eric H. Schultz

Moving from Ally to Accomplice

The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism,” by Dr. Robin DiAngelo

“7 Ways Non-Black POC Perpetuate Anti-Blackness in their Communities,” by Sean Dajour Smith

The Future of Race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDx Columbus

I Am Not Your Negro” documentary film