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PLEDGE TO HAVE A BOLD CONVERSATION ABOUT RACISM THIS HOLIDAY

ANTHEM PROTESTS
Throughout history, sports have played a pivotal role in shaping our culture and our consciousness. It's important to talk about why some white people see anthem protests as a distraction or nuisance, rather than a way to address the deeply unjust systems of oppression in this country.
ORIGINS OF THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving is based on myths that hide and erase the genocide that the United States is founded upon. It’s important to talk about the complex ways that the colonization of Indigenous Nations went hand in hand with enslaving African people to work that land and how the violence is ongoing.
SEXUAL ASSAULT + #METOO
Studies have shown that racist and sexist assumptions about Black girls have led to them being viewed as more sexually mature and less innocent than white girls. It's important to talk about how these warped views play directly into the criminalization and rampant sexual harassment and abuse of Black women and girls.
IMMIGRATION & DACA
At a White House meeting with local California leaders opposed to "sanctuary city" policies, Donald Trump referred to immigrants as animals. His administration is using every tactic to separate and detain immigrant children and families, while mass deportation efforts continue to increase. It's important to talk about why people are silent and idly watch on the sidelines as communities are torn apart.
Listen Deeply
Listen Deeply

Be prepared to listen. Notice if you are just waiting to plan a response and try to shift into really listening. We can easily shutdown during these conversations. If you notice that happening in yourself or others, see if you can notice sounds, colors, textures, the ground and anything that supports the connection you have with each other. Hear the underlying concern that the person is sharing with you. Give them the respect they deserve.

Don’t let your Silence Be Approval
Don’t let your Silence Be Approval

Conversations aren’t about proving ourselves right they are about interrupting racism and the silence that allows for the status quo of white supremacy and colonialism to continue unchecked. We can’t be bystanders in a system that places higher value on white lives above people of color’s lives.

BE In Action
BE In Action

There are so many ways you can engage based on what you care about, what you are good at, and what you want to contribute. It doesn’t need to look one way. Choose your way.

Speak in “I” Statements
Speak in “I” Statements

None of us were born socially conscious. Be vulnerable and admit to not knowing all the answers while being on your own road of discovery. Admitting to points when you’ve discovered your own bias or wrong-thinking models a way that this other person can start to examine their own while limiting their defenses. Many people will not be reached with a framework of “white privilege” or “systems of oppression,” use language and metaphors that more people relate to.

Call In, Don’t Call Out
Call In, Don’t Call Out

Drop shaming, blaming, and stereotypes. It seems simple but requires diligence. White people sometimes shame other white people. We are not better, smarter, downer, more conscious. We are all at different stages in this journey with more to learn. Be compassionate.

Find a Stopping Point
Find a Stopping Point

It is unlikely that you are going to completely change someone’s mind all at once. If you find a point of mutual agreement chalk that up as a win, and you can continue the conversation another time. Think of planting a seed as a win along the way.

When in Doubt Ask Questions
When in Doubt Ask Questions

Racist comments and belief are rooted in other perspectives and beliefs. Asking more questions is always a good idea, and can allow you to better understand and therefore address the root of the disagreement. We have to know specifically where someone is coming from in order to best change their perspective.

Be in Community
Be in Community

Confronting racism is hard, and having support in the work is an important part of sustaining the journey. For example, Showing Up For Racial Justice, is a national organization, with over a hundred local chapters of white people that are also engaged in this journey.

Work on Your Allies
Work on Your Allies

Have conversations with those that might be closer to your beliefs at other times. This can help shift the dynamic at the dinner table when you are talking to the person whose beliefs are farther from yours. This will allow you to have a stronger “back up.”

Commit to Education
Commit to Education

The more we read and learn about these issues, the better formed our counterpoints will be, and the more effectively we will be able to have these conversations.

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Rethinking ‘Thanksgiving’

There are many different experiences we will have over Thanksgiving – some of us will have lots of food, some of us will struggle to have enough. Some will be surrounded by people and some will be alone or with just one other person. For many, it’s an important time of coming together with family. This day also gives us a chance to look at and change stories we have about our families and ourselves. Thanksgiving is based on myths that hide and erase the genocide that the United States is founded upon. Holidays can be a time to connect and talk about these realities and touch people’s hearts in profound ways. This can be fertile ground for lasting change. The Indigenous Solidarity Group of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), has developed this toolkit geared for white folks to discuss settler privilege and Thanksgiving with family, friends, and the broader community.

BOLD
CONVERSATIONS

With the election of Trump, we saw our country usher in a new era with a president who is unwilling and uncomfortable to call out and speak up against White Supremacy. We saw white men and women marching with tiki torches in the name of hate in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia shouting racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. White nationalism was on full display that day, but it was a reminder that part of dismantling white supremacy is white people having bold conversations with other white people about racism.

In Collaboration with SURJ

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BOLD

CONVERSATIONS

With the election of Trump, we saw our country usher in a new era with a president who is unwilling and uncomfortable to call out and speak up against White Supremacy. We saw white men and women marching with tiki torches in the name of hate in the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia shouting racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric. White nationalism was on full display that day, but it was a reminder that part of dismantling white supremacy is white people having bold conversations with other white people about racism.

In Collaboration with SURJ

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