Recently I have been reflecting on how even though the social work profession has a focus on social justice, it has been a predominantly white profession and how it can be easy to fall into that category of "Oh, I am not a racist" or "Let me help these people". This is not what social work is about, as a social worker I need to empowering my clients. At points in the past I feel like I have tried to defend myself with white exceptionalism and thinking how I have mainly Black friend, co-workers, and live in a predominantly black neighborhood. Just because I spend time around a lot of Black people does not excuse me from fighting against racism.
In terms of the Ally Continuum I am somewhere between aware and active. I believe that I have a pretty good awareness of what is going on, but I still have a lot to learn and need to find ways to incorporate being actively anti-racist into my every day life. I don't want to just have head knowledge, but also actively fighting against racism.
This has been a very worthwhile training and has helped me to think about a lot. I found the handouts and videos to be concise, yet very informative. Yes, I feel more prepared to have conversations regarding race.