What is "antiracism"?
An antiracist person is someone who actively opposes racist beliefs, attitudes, and practices; antiracism refers to acts that oppose racism.
But, I'm not a racist!
Great! Neither are we! But, it takes more than just "not being racist" to practice antiracism or be antiracist.
How can I practice antiracism?
Practicing antiracism or being an antiracist requires a commitment to actively opposing racist beliefs, actions, attitudes, laws and policies. It requires individuals to reflect on how they may be unintentionally contributing to or perpetuating racist beliefs, actions, and attitudes. It requires individuals to understand that no one — regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status — is immune to possessing and perpetuating racist beliefs, actions, and attitudes. Practicing anti-racism and being an anti-racist means that, within their capability, an individual is dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression within our racialized society.
How can I get started?
You are not alone! East City Bookshop is dedicated to the practice of antiracism and providing our community with resources to be antiracist. Getting started is as easy as reading books about Black lives by Black authors.
To get you started, we put together a list of our favorite books exploring antiracism for all ages, from infancy to adulthood. See below!