Anti-racist: Someone who ACTIVELY rejects or opposed racism, acts as an accomplice to BIPOC, uses their power/privilege to eradicate racism:
-Ibram X. Kendi
Author of How to be an Antiracist
Issues of race, culture, and identity are deeply personal and oftentimes emotional. As we engage with students, families, and other stakeholders around the concepts of race and ethnicity, it is important to frame conversations in a way that creates a safe, affirming space for all.
Identity maps are a graphic tool that can help students consider the many factors that shape who we are as individuals and as communities. Use identity charts to deepen ones’ understanding of themselves, groups, nations, and historical and literary figures. Sharing identity charts with peers can help students build relationships and break down stereotypes. In this way, identity charts can be used as an effective classroom community-building tool.
Because “unlearning” prejudice is a life-long process, it is useful to periodically reflect on our attitudes and behaviors regarding issues of bias. To assist in this, use the following checklist for assessing individual attitudes and behaviors for bias.
Learning how to communicate about such topics as white privilege, police violence, economic inequality and mass incarceration requires practice, and facilitating difficult conversations demands courage. Use the strategies in this resource as you prepare to facilitate difficult conversations about race and racism. You can also use them to build competency when discussing other types of discrimination.
Similar to identity maps, journey maps allow for self reflection by charting your own evolving experience of your identity as it relates to equity, oppression, and privilege.