In light of the political unrest throughout the country—due to the senseless police brutality directed at Black Americans—many white Americans are looking for books, movies, podcasts, etc. for how to become better allies to those in Black communities. It’s a start, but a major obstacle to effecting change is pivoting from simply being un-racist to becoming avidly anti-racist. Now is a prime time for white Americans to educate and examine their own privilege with online classes and webinars meant to help undo subtle and covert racist tendencies (and certainly more blatant forms as well).
Incredible speakers—like activists Rachel Cargle, Rachel Ricketts, and Myisha T. Hill—have taken to Instagram with actionable tips for what white Americans can do to fight against racial bias that is still very much alive in this country. To help you to learn more, keep scrolling for nine anti-racism workshops and classes that you can access online.
8 anti-racist classes and workshops to take
Cargle is an academic, lecturer, and public activist, who has been sharing content for people looking to truly support a push towards equality. Cargle has created a programming called “The Great Unlearn” that is focused on unlearning racial biases and recognizing historical events from different viewpoints than those in most history books. If you join The Great Unlearn community, you’ll get access to Cargle’s syllabus on becoming part of the revolution.
Rachel Ricketts, who is one of Well+Good’s 2020 Changemakers, is an activist, writer, and speaker. In addition to compiling ample anti-racist resources on her site, she also has webinars available for purchase that are meant specifically for white women to dismantle racist behaviors and hierarchies.
Speaker and author Austin Brown offers an educational program that teaches lessons about racial justice and how you can help to push for it. The course, called the ACB Academy, runs $39 for enrollment. You can also watch her web series, the TNQ Show, which has a full season of episodes on how you can be a part of the anti-racism movement.
As the host of the Good Ancestor Podcast and best-selling author of the book Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad has a lot of great online content for white people looking to educate themselves on the history of white privilege and racism. In her Good Ancestor Academy classes, there’s a 90-minute masterclass on allyship in the workplace, dismantling white feminism, and how to show up in BIPOC-only spaces without white centering.
The platform CK Your Privilege is a guide that helps people to dismantle their association with systems of domination. The Instagram page is hosting IG Lives in a series called “Summer Skool,” featuring speakers like life coach Dyan Edwards (which is going live today) on building an anti-racist mindset.
Monique Melton, a podcast host and anti-racism educator, has online classes that help people to check their bias. On her website you’ll find an Anti-Racism 101 Crash Course, a Unity Over Comfort 10-week anti-racism learning program, or you can sign up for her Unity Over Comfort curriculum for deeper education on eliminating racism.
The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a collective of organizers and educators across the world working towards social transformation. This June, the organization will be hosting an IRL workshop in New Orleans on undoing racism, with one in Portland scheduled for July.
The Los Angeles-based White People 4 Black Lives has a four-day educational program from AWARE-LA is planned from July 23 to 26. If you sign up, know that it covers white privilege, the history of institutional racism, and how to develop an anti-racist identity. The organization’s website also offers a free toolkit for white people to learn more about fighting for racial justice.
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