"Being antiracist is fighting against racism. Racism takes several forms and works most often in tandem with at least one other form to reinforce racist ideas, behavior, and policy." (National Museum of African American History and Culture, 2020)
Antiracism is defined as the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Antiracism tends to be an individualized approach and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts.
Antiracism and being antiracist is not the same as "not racist." Being not racist is a passive response. You do not have to do anything in response to the systemic racism that exists. Being antiracist means that you are actively doing your part to dismantle the deeply embedded racist culture in the country and the world.
Unfortunately, racism is extremely prevalent in education, from pre-school through higher ed. Antiracist education is therefore extremely important in fighting against this injustice.
(National Museum of African American History and Culture, 2020)
National Museum of African American History and Culture. (2020, July 20). Being antiracist. https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/being-antiracist This link opens in a new window