The me before taking this Anti-Racism training talked about race. I talked, I was misunderstood, I felt more guilty and more inadequate to address the issue of race, especially in the presence of people of color or racial minorities, and I contemplated staying silent. Why? Because I am a perfectionist. If I was going to be an anti-racism advocate, I wanted to be a perfect anti-racism advocate. All or nothing. Get it right or don't even go there. Now, having completed the third and final module in this anti-training training, I have gained a new understanding of what the effort it takes to be a true advocate for anti-racism means: it means accepting the imperfection of my efforts, and doing it anyway. Like the meme for LGBTQI members like myself, "It gets better," this module has taught me that my ability to advocate for anti-racism will improve--but not if I don't speak up and not if I don't practice, even after I have failed to communicate effectively about racism in a specific instance.
The PDFs for this module have been very helpful. I particularly liked the ones on "Conversations about Race and Privilege" because it reminds us to talk about our story and ask the person with whom we are speaking to talk about their story, which will I think bring a better balance to the discussion; and "How to Be Anti-Racist" because it gives us a good beginning list of ways to effectively take action against racism.
As in the other sections of this module and in the other two modules, the videos have been powerful reminders that race inequality and racial injustice persist today, as born out by recent deadly encounters between innocent people and law enforcement officers and civilians who are also unenlightened and unrepentant hatemongers. They are painful to watch but essential viewing nonetheless for anyone who wants to be the change we want to see in terms of achieving race relations that are not fear-based, but love-based.