Anti-Racism 4REALS: Real Talk with Real Strategies in Real Time for Real Change

by Sheila M. Beckford and E. Michelle Ledder – Chalice Press

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How do you start today on the road to being anti-racist? As our country faces a long-overdue reckoning with racism and white supremacy, book studies, workshops, and discussions crowd the landscape. But not all activities with the name “anti-racism” are actually anti-racist. In Anti Racism 4REALS, anti-racism trainers Beckford and Ledder contend much of the current education leaves out action steps for dislodging racism in real time, and even worse, perpetuates racism, causing further harm to Black Indigenous, Pacific-Islander, Asian, Latino/x (BIPAL) people.

Using the concept of “racial positionality” as the entry point for engaging anti-racist work, this groundbreaking book offers concrete tools to confront racism and bring about REAL change in REAL time. Written by two ordained women – one Black Latina, one white – this straight-talk, practical workbook provides 137 strategies to be truly anti racist, including scripts and other practices for interrupting and dismantling racism. A forthcoming video discussion guide and Leaders Workbook will help facilitate small group discussion and ACTION-NOW Learning Engagements.