There’s no better time to talk about racism in America

Well-intentioned white allies often get trapped into unproductive conversations about race — especially when pundits, the media, and political agitators manipulate controversial topics like critical race theory to provoke divisive polarization. But there’s a better way.

Over the years, I’ve helped a number of people and organizations address the question…

The R.A.C.E. Method flips the script on the Right’s cynical strategy

Today, white people are split about halfway down the middle on whether anti-white racism is as big a problem as racism against people of color. …

Here’s how to turn it into productive anti-racist dialogue

No matter where you stand on Critical Race Theory (CRT), you probably aren’t having very productive conversations with people who disagree with you. …

A recap of the seven-part series about why Kwanzaa can help white allies reflect on their work

Over the past week, I have written a series of articles designed to encourage white anti-racism allies to use the concepts from Kwanzaa to reflect on their allyship. The premise of the series was that the Kwanzaa framework, while created to help people from the African diaspora connect with important…

The final day of Kwanzaa encourages you to reconnect with you deep motivations and beliefs.

The theme of Day 7 of Kwanzaa is Imani, which roughly translates to “faith.” This issue is most relevant to two of the issues that allies need to consistently reflect upon — how to sustain your own lifelong allyship journey and your ability to be persuasive to racism skeptics. …

Creatively Working on the World Means Working on Yourself

Day 6 of Kwanzaa focuses on Kuumba, which roughly translates to “creativity,” but means much more than how Westerners use that term. One of the descriptions of Kuumba on the official Kwanzaa website points to the idea of using creativity in service of creating societal betterment: “As a moral and…

To better serve others, sometimes it’s good to take a hard unblinking look at yourself.

Day 5 of Kwanza focuses on the concept of “Nia” which linguistically translates roughly to “purpose” but conceptually has many layers. One description of Nia is “the collective vocation of constantly building and developing the capacity of our people to bee ourselves and free ourselves to pursue an expansive good…

The anti-racism movement can benefit from allies being both more generous and more financially strategic.

The themes of Kwanzaa can be readily applied to the four issues that allies should consistently reflect upon, which concern: 1) your personal journey toward more energetic allyship, 2) your degree of support for people of color, 3) your capacity to effectively influence racism skeptics, and 4) your ability to…

Expanding Others’ Concept of Allyship Can Be Done in a Way that Helps You Too

Although created to specifically resonate with the people from the African diaspora, Kwanzaa is a time of reflection during the interregnum between Christmas and New Year’s Day that can have value for any social change agent. This includes anti-racism allies.

As mentioned in the previous articles in this series (Day…

Committing to smartly directing financial resources is an important but under-discussed aspect of allyship.

Though Kwanzaa is talked about as a time of celebration and reflection for people from the African Diaspora, the fact that it is grounded in universal principles means that it provides a good framework for anyone doing some year-end reflection, especially for those concerned with social change. …

Dr. David Campt

dialogue maven, civic engagement enthusiast, race relations expert, caregiver to elderly parents

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