21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©

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"There is no social-change fairy. There is only change made by the hands of individuals." – Winona LaDuke

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Winter/Spring 2022 Version: Moore Truth - Beyond Whitewashing and Polarization

Have you ever made a big change in your life? A change in eating, drinking, or spending habits? A decision to leave a relationship or a job? Think about the time and attention you dedicated to the process of charting a new course. A lot, right? Change is hard. It also requires endurance, because change takes time. We chose 21-days because it’s enough time to start building new habits. Our hope is that on day 22, you won’t say, “Whew, that’s over!” We hope you keep going, finding the resources and the internal resilience to keep you on a path of widening knowledge and skill. 

As we approach the two-year mark of a global pandemic, we are well into a multi-year chapter of historic change. While the ongoing pandemic is fraying nerves and dividing families and communities, the ongoing struggle to understand and dismantle white supremacy’s embedded divisions is doing the same. For those of us in the antiracism community, we see many parallels between the two. Like COVID, white supremacy has long thrived on misinformation, denial, and the mistrust that both breed. As a team of dedicated truth seekers and truth tellers, we see current trends towards whitewashing as a powerful moment to press for the truth – and the conversational skills that pursuit entails. This challenge is designed to support groups and individuals also in pursuit of truth, no matter how painful. What pushes you, what speaks to you, what enlightens you throughout the challenge will look different person to person.

Choose one activity per day...

...to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.

Read

Encounter new writers and ideas from a range of media sources.

Listen

Listen in on the kinds of open, honest conversations that too many of us avoid having.

Watch

Watch and learn. We’ve offered everything from short videos to full-length films.

Explore

Dive in to resource-rich websites that can inspire and educate you.

Notice

Why didn’t I see this sooner? It’s easy to overlook what we’re not looking for.

Connect

Follow Racial Justice activists, educators, and organizations on social media.

Engage

Engage in racially mixed settings. Be a learner more than a knower.

Act

Flex your skills. Take action to interrupt power and privilege dynamics.

#BringItHome

If you have young people in your life, integrate these resources to share and have conversations around.

Reflect

Reflect on what you choose to do, what you’re learning, and how you are feeling.

Stay Inspired

Create a Soundtrack-4-Justice playlist that fuels you and/or can serve as a conversation starter with people of all ages.

Tips For Success

  • Choose which tracking tool works for you.
  • NEW! We’ve created a recommended Day #1 activity to help you think about the connection between comfort level and learning.
  • Diversify your habits. The tracking chart encourages you to use resources across all ten categories.
  • Some resources are on subscription platforms. If you come upon a resource on a for-fee platform you don't have, just skip past it. We’ve loaded the challenge with free resources with that barrier in mind.
  • You can do the challenge alone, though we strongly recommend doing it with friends and family, or organization-wide. Antiracism work is relationship work and this is a great tool to deepen relationships old and new.
  • Like our Facebook page. Use it to get ideas as well as share your 21-Day experience with the 21-Day community.
  • Stay tuned for 21-Day swag and Moore!

If you want to stay connected, email 21daychallenge@theprivilegeinstitute.com. We'd love to know how it went for you and your group! 

Thank you for taking on the challenge. We’ll be right here with you, challenging ourselves daily!

Peace and blessings,
The 21-Day Team
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Debby Irving, Dr. Marguerite W. Penick, Jenni Oliver, Ashleigh Graham

Final Note: RIP Privilege institute family members bell hooks and Jim Loewen, recently lost, forever remembered.

 

* For adaptation ideas and examples of how communities are adapting the challenge to meet their specific social justice focus, click HERE.

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