Racial Activism 101 Things you can do. Things you can do: Work on yourself Work on yourself in relation to others Work on others Work on the community.

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  • Racial Activism 101Things you can do

  • Things you can do:Work on yourself

    Work on yourself in relation to others

    Work on others

    Work on the community

  • Work on yourselfBecome aware of personal racial ideologyBecome aware of personal (and societal) stereotypesBe aware of self-fulfilling propheciesAvoid just-world beliefs (blaming the victim)

  • Work on yourself (part 2)Educate yourselfAbout other racial/ethnic/cultural groupsLearn a foreign languageRecognize skin privilege and give it up when possibleDiversify circle of friends Push your comfort zone

  • Work on yourself in relation to others

    Consider all people as individuals first, but recognize that racial/ethnic group membership is often part of ones identity.Never assume that a person's race/ethnicity tells you anything about his or her cultural values or patterns of behavior (e.g., Cross article).Treat all "facts" you have ever heard or read about cultural values and traits as hypotheses, to be tested anew with each person. Remember that all members of racial/ethnic minority groups in this society are bicultural. The percentage may be 90-10 (in either direction), but they still have had the task of integrating two value systems that may be in conflict.Do not assume that you can relate to (or even understand) another persons experience just because you have also experienced some form of oppression or discrimination.

  • Work on other individualsDo not tolerate prejudicial remarks, including jokesAsk for clarification (What do you mean?)Express the impact on you (That really offends me!)Label the behavior (That joke was very racist)Silence is tolerance/approval

    Change the metaphor: Promote real multiculturalismSeek to understandEncourage others to do the same

    Share what you think and believe, without attacking

  • Work toward community/institutional changeWork within your sphere of influence (classes, job, clubs)Before you try to come up with a solution, make sure you have identified the right problem (who decides?) Become an ally to members of an oppressed groupTake initiative, but maintain accountabilityFind allies within your own group

  • Cultural competence in psychotherapyDo not prejudge which aspects of a client's cultural history, values, and lifestyle are relevant to your work with the client. Assist the client in identifying areas that create social or psychological conflict related to bi-culturalism and seek to reduce dissonance in those areas. Know your own attitudes about cultural pluralism, and whether you tend to promote assimilation into the dominant society or stress the maintenance of traditional cultural beliefs and practices. Identify cultural explanations for the individuals illness and the associated beliefs (e.g., temporary vs. permanent)Be aware of cultural elements in the clinician-client relationship