Being non-racist is not the same thing as being anti-racist. Being non-racist means that you do not engage in overt racism (slurs, intentional discrimination, telling racist jokes, avoiding other races, etc.), but you also do not call out others when they do engage in those behaviors. Anti-racism means that you are actively against racism. It is the practice of opposing racism through focused and sustained actions, movements, and policies adopted or developed to oppose racism. Being anti-racist means that when you hear a family member tell a racist joke, you address it. Being anti-racist means that if you observe someone being harassed or targeted in public because of their race that you intervene. To be an ally to people of color, you must be anti-racist.
That opening content was breathtaking. I've long thought of myself as non-racist and never considered that anti-racist was anything different. It's a simple distinction that is easily missed.
The sad fact is that I'm certain many of Americans are just like me...
They have attended mandatory corporate training on diversity and inclusion;
They may have sought other similar training on their own volition (as I did with this course); and,
They probably volunteer at community-focused charities to help those in need.
They probably felt like that was enough.
It is a decent start.
There is much more work to be done in our communities, in our families, and within ourselves.