Your Anti-racist Journey
The majority agreed that embarking on an antiracist journey is exhausting and challenging.
While some individuals discussed feeling like wasn’t a choice but rather a necessity, to be an antiracist because they were born BIPOC, others described that changing circumstances compelled them to practice antiracism. Examples included becoming pregnant and wanting to educate their children on antiracism and moving from a small, non-diverse community to one with more diversity.
Responses to experiencing racism varied among attendees:
- Calling out the racist action
- Feeling hurt and avoiding the person responsible
- Feeling unresolved hurt and anger that keeps coming up in different moments
- Laughing/brushing off the racist remark or joke for self-protection
Understandably, some individuals felt unsure of how to move forward past the experiences.
Empathy and understanding towards those that discriminate against BIPOC was seen by some as a strategy to “stay sane”