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WELCOME
Today's topic: How to be anti-racist
Being ‘anti-racist’ doesn't require that you always know the right thing to say or do in any given situation, it simply asks that you take action and work against racism wherever you find it including, and perhaps most especially, in yourself.

As you start Day One of our 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge, we hope you will find the content in series is a good investment of your time. Each day you’ll have the chance to learn from a wide range of sources, challenging you to think and act differently.

For Day One of the Challenge, we invite you to ground yourself in the history of African American Inequality in the United States with the attached white paper from the Harvard Business School, May 2019. This overview takes readers on a journey that begins in the 1500s, and brings you forward to modern day America where racial inequalities continue to contribute to disparities in education, income, and wealth potential for African Americans and communities of color. 

As we start this journey with you, we want to thank our colleagues at YWCA Cleveland for sharing this exercise with us and for inspiring us to run this 21 day challenge right here in the Twin Cities.  Thanks for taking the challenge!  
WE CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE...
5 minutes
Watch this video that explains that, while race and racism have a real and significant impact on our lives, race is a social construct and one that has changed over time. None of the broad categories that come to mind when we talk about race can capture an individual’s unique story. For more information,  read this article  on how science and genetics are reshaping our understanding of race.
Read this article defining Anti Racism and why the term is so powerful. If you are ready for a deep dive, you can listen to the  podcast  featuring historian Ibram X. Kendi, author of  How to be An Antiracist.
5 minutes
Watch this video about the difference between being non-racist and anti-racist. YWCA's 21 Day Challenge will encourage you and give you tools to be an anti-racist because it doesn't require that you always know the right thing to say or do in any given situation. It asks that you take action and work against racism wherever you find it including, and perhaps most especially, in yourself.
ACT | VOTING WEEK
Level I: Complete the 2020 census.
Level II: Register to vote in the 2020 general election or help someone else to register.
Level III: Volunteer with Rock the Vote and help register new voters.
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