3.2 Being ‘not racist’ is not enough
Watch this short video from BBC Bitesize, in which psychologist and athlete John Amaechi explains the difference between being not racist and anti-racist. While it is primarily aimed at children and young people, it provides a very clear explanation of the requirement for action. Remember to open this link in a new tab or window, so you can return to the course when you are ready.
Not-racist v anti-racist: what’s the difference? [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]
There is much that can be done in the workplace to create an anti-racist environment, and MHFA England (2020) suggests the following:
- A review of policies and protocols through an anti-racist lens.
- Understanding the diversity of your workforce at all levels and taking action to address lack of representation where necessary.
- Making sure project teams and decision tables include people from diverse backgrounds, and that credit is given to the people who have been involved in the work.
- Providing high quality learning and development opportunities on race, racism, being anti-racist and an ally, white privilege, language, microaggressions, and racial gaslighting.
Next, you’ll look in more detail at two of the terms used in the last of MHFA England’s (2020) bullet points – white privilege and racial gaslighting. These terms are more focused on your personal perspective on racism, as this is an important aspect of your diversity journey.