POC have been left reeling from the gaslighting and historical revisionism in #SewellReport.

Our lived experiences of institutional racism is being denied, and our reality questioned.

White people, it's time to use your power and privilege to push back

⬇️⬇️⬇️ Text post: white people, now is the time to use your power a
Silence is not an option, we need everyone to push back against the narrative of racism denial - and do the work of building a truly anti-racist Britain.

Here are three things you can do in coming days, weeks, and months. Text post: you cannot stand by whilst this racism denialism
1️⃣ Acknowledge that institutional racism exists in our society, our institutions, your organisation, and in the charity sector.

True anti-racism work starts with acknowledging how these structures operate in your org and addressing past harm. Text post: 1. Acknowledge that institutional racism exists i
2️⃣ Centre the voices of people of colour in your organisations and in all your anti-racist work.

Truly value their lived experience of racism.

Really listen to their stories and to the changes they need to see.

Work *with* them to build that anti-racist future. Text post: 2. Centre the voices of people of colour in your
3️⃣ Push for senior leadership to implement anti-racist policies, practices, and cultures in your organisation.

Ensure that these are all co-created in a collaborative way that reflects on and addresses past harms.

Build buy-in through open and honest conversations on racism. Text post: push for senior leadership to implement antiracis

Protect P-O-C,
Easy as 1, 2, 3,
"pull up" said Riri,
POC, 123, pay the fee, VCSEs


It's #BlackPoundDay, buy @EmmaDabiri's book "What White People Can Do Next" from a Black-owned bookshop

"Dear Nice White People, its time for you to honestly answer the question, “What are you afraid of?” because there is a reason you are scared to speak up and its not some vague notion of inability."

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We are just (perpetually) disappointed.

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(1/4) There are several problematic assumptions made in this piece that we disagree with, but we want to respond to the two key points:

1. This article makes sweeping generalisations about the working class (which btw also includes BAME people).
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