I feel that as a white person seeking to be an accomplice, it is my duty (especially as a public officer in State Government) to elevate diverse people who are stakeholders in my region. However, there is some friction in using top-down policies, especially in a region that is very anti-government. The argument is that we are a grassroots organization that handles projects as they are requested, not an organization that forces our beliefs onto others, especially municipalities. That being said, there is overt, covert, and traumatic racism in the region. I suppose I'm struggling with how to balance the agency goals for slow, measured steps with my personal (semi-radical) goals as an accomplice.
Note: When I say accomplice, I mean, "The actions of an Accomplice are meant to directly challenge institutionalized racism, colonization, and White supremacy by blocking or impeding racist people, policies, and structures. Realizing that our freedoms and liberations are bound together, retreat or withdrawal in the face of oppressive structures is not an option. Accomplices’ actions are informed by, directed and often coordinated with leaders who are Black, Brown First Nations/Indigenous Peoples, and/or People of Color." Source: https://www.whiteaccomplices.org/