I never understand how how much my race contributed to my worldview and my lived experience until I went to social work school. As a white woman, I was used to thinking that I simply had no racial or cultural identity. Failing to acknowledge race can be just as harmful as racism. I have since, made it a point, to start questioning the systems of oppression that have lead the racial inequalities that exist today. I also now realize that being non-racist is not enough. It is my job as an ally to be anti-racism and to speak up when I witness acts of racism happening around me, no matter how big or small they are. Acknowledging how much race affects one's career, financial stability, police interactions, and access to voting and social services is so important.