What is anti-racism?
Anti-racism is active and conscious action against all forms of racism. Anti-racist action is work that reduces ethnic discrimination, mitigates the effects of discriminatory practices, and dispels negative prejudices.
How to act as an anti-racist person?
Awareness of racism
Improving your own understanding of racism is a key part of anti-racism. It is important to grasp how extensive this phenomenon is if we are to identify, become aware of, and change things. Greater knowledge is therefore the first step towards ending racism. It is essential to appreciate the historical and structural dimensions of racism, and their implications for anyone who encounters it and for society more generally.
We build understanding and awareness through active participation that does not impose additional burdens on members of ethnic or religious minorities or on indigenous peoples.
Understanding one’s role
Antiracism requires learning actively, allowing space, taking action and listening. Everyone has a role in combatting racism but not everyone experiences racism. In situations like these, one can use their position to advance the rights of those who experience
The anti-racist process calls for time and patience, and may involve difficult emotions. A feeling of discomfort is part of this process, and marks the shift towards an anti-racist mindset. Mistakes can happen but one should use them as an opportunity to develop as an antiracist ally.
An anti-racist actor will always seek to reduce racism. Active anti-racist measures must be taken to bring about change. Such measures include actively tackling inappropriate behaviour and discrimination, and promoting fairness in society. In other words, passively opposing racism is not enough. A society free of racism will emerge through active intervention in racist conduct. You can decide to be part of this change.