Student Led Anti Racist Movement


“Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination.”

Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist 

In order to stop racism in its tracks, we follow 6 norms and relate to a compass to effectively communicate a response to a racist comment or action. 

Our Norms for SLAM

Norm #1: Keep it Personal, Local, and Intermediate 

We will all experience/witness a racist moment, it's sadly inevitable. By keeping the situations "Personal, Local, and Intermediate", you can ask "How did it affect me?" "Who else did it affect?" and "What can I do about it NOW to interrupt the behavior?" to effectively interrupt and create an open space for dialogue. 

Norm #2: Isolate Race

It is so important to isolate race, as we need to get to the root cause of any micro/microaggression, prejudice, biases, jokes and so much more. We can instead attack the comment/action rather than the person themselves. 

Norm #3: Engage in Multiple Racial Perspectives 

Everyone has a story, and one story does not speak for millions of individuals. We need to listen, and learn about multiple stories to truly create a more complete narrative. You can never complete the narrative, but nonetheless learning others stories will only create a more empathetic society. 

Norm #4: Establish Parameters

Create conditions and norms for conversations surrounding race to create more dialogue, and less judgement. This helps facilitate an importance on race, and keeps the conversation going. 

Norm #5: Use a "Working" Definition for Race 

The definition of race depends on who you ask. Create your own working definition of what race means to YOU. Our definition of race is "A social construct created to make a social hierarchy between different groups of people to marginalize and oppress. 

Norm #6: Check your Privilege 

Let's face it, we have the privilege. We live in a beautiful county with lots of resources. But that does not mean there is a disparity of privilege here in our own backyard. Some have more privileges than others. By checking our own privilege, we can become more empathetic to the situation. 

THE COMPASS


Our Goal 

We want to centralize ourselves on the Compass. Centralizing ourselves will allow for open conversation and to create more dialogue. If we are too much in one part of the compass, our dialogue can become insensitive, and unkind, and close us off from new ideas. Each part of the compass represents our different reactions to a comment. 


Body

The reaction where you want to take immediate action to combat an offensive comment. 


Mind

This is part of the compass that represents the logical reaction to an offensive comment. 


Heart

This part represents our feelings, how we feel when we experience/hear an offensive comment. 


Spirit

The mix between both Body and Heart. This is part of the compass for when a comment/experience affects your morals as a person. 



Centering ourselves is difficult! It is an ongoing process that will only get easier as it goes on