The difference between being an “Anti-Racist” versus "Not Racist".


V. Ophelia Rigault

Anti-Racist vs Not Racist

This is a common statement used to defend oneself against accusations of racism. However, it's important to understand that being "not racist" is not enough. To truly combat racism, one needs to be actively anti-racist. This means advocating for equity and fairness for all individuals, regardless of their race, religion, culture, or background.

To become anti-racist, it is crucial to adopt the following behaviours and mindset:

  1. Educate yourself: Take the time to learn about different cultures, histories, and experiences to gain a better understanding of systemic racism and its impact.
  2. Listen and empathize: Actively listen to the experiences and perspectives of marginalized communities, and try to empathize with their struggles.
  3. Speak up: Use your voice and platform to challenge racist attitudes and behaviours, even when it's uncomfortable or unpopular.
  4. Reflect and self-critique: Continuously examine your own biases and prejudices, and be willing to unlearn and relearn.
  5. Support and uplift: Stand in solidarity with marginalized communities, support their causes, and amplify their voices.

Remember, being anti-racist is an ongoing journey that requires continuous effort and self-reflection.

The graphic was created by Dr. Batsheva Guy and inspired by the work by Ibram X Kendi on "How to be Antiracist"

Ophelia is passionate about working alongside resilient and inclusive leaders to create equitable and inclusive work cultures through her speaking, training, community building and media appearances. Learn more about Ophelia