Anti-racism is some form of focused and sustained action, that involves a mix of peoples and groups (i.e. they come from different cultures, faiths, speak diverse languages, etc. in short, intercultural, interfaith, multi-lingual, inter-class, and inter-abled) with the intent to change a system or an institutional policy, practice, or procedure which has racist effects. Coleman (2016).
"The work to heal, to transform racist systems and institutions, to organize, to do better and be better, is ongoing and far from over. It can often feel impossible or overwhelming but there is a role for everyone to play and your work is to uncover what that role is and then act on it." -K. Grace Kindeke, CPDI co-chair 2018-2020
This page offers resources for understanding and combating racism in America.
A Message from the MIT Libraries and MIT Press
By MIT Libraries and MIT Press on June 3, 2020
The MIT Libraries and the MIT Press stand with Black Lives Matter and all who protest against systemic and recurring acts of violence against Black people in this country. We aspire to leverage the work, values, and resources of libraries, archives, and university presses as forces for social justice. But aspirations and good intentions have never been enough, and it is past time for us to take concrete actions to disrupt systems of oppression. We recommit to prioritizing and resourcing the work we need to do within the Libraries and the Press and within ourselves to more fully live up to our values. Especially for those of us who are white leaders and colleagues in an organization and a profession that are predominantly white in both demography and culture, we have work to do close to home.
To amplify MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s words from the MIT Community Vigil, “All of us who can count on the advantages of education, money, power and even safety in our homes and neighborhoods — all of us with those advantages benefit, every day, from a society with a racist history and a racist present. And MIT is part of that society. This is our community. We believe it is a wonderful community. But it is our responsibility to make it better.” It is more important than ever that we accelerate our work.
Coping with Current Events: Resources (shared with CPDI by Alyce Johnson):
This Diversity Inc article discusses Mellody Hobson’s efforts to increase conversations about race in corporate America and calls for workplaces to engage in more open dialogues around race
In this podcast (transcript available), Professor Kira Hudson Banks of St. Louis University talks about the importance of having conversations about race at work not only in times of crisis.
Dwight Smith of NetImpact.org offers some advice for how to have conversations in the workplace around diversity issues.
Professor Kira Hudson Banks offers advice to managers in this Harvard Business Review article about how to promote race discussions at work.
Edith Cooper talks about why conversations about race at work matter, especially in the current climate, and what Goldman Sachs is doing to encourage those conversations.