Following up on our conversation this past Saturday, I dug up the Dismantling Racism article referenced by Anne.
"This is a list of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations. Culture is powerful precisely because it is so present and at the same time so very difficult to name or identify. The characteristics listed below are damaging because they are used as norms and standards without being proactively named or chosen by the group. They are damaging because they promote white supremacy thinking. Because we all live in a white supremacy culture, these characteristics show up in the attitudes and behaviors of all of us – people of color and white people. Therefore, these attitudes and behaviors can show up in any group or organization, whether it is white-led or predominantly white or people of color-led or predominantly people of color."
In addition to listing and explaining the characteristics of white supremacy culture, the article also includes antidotes. A must read.
I'll be adding this article as a permanent fixture to our resource page, but for now you can read it here:
And while you're there, make sure to check out the rest of the site: www.dismantlingracism.org