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White Privilege and Anti-Racism

In order to move towards achieving New Mexico Evaluators' Vision and Mission, white evaluators must identify and address their own white privilege as well as learn and practice anti-racist attitudes and behaviors. It is not the responsibility of people of color to teach white people what they should know or do. This is not an easy journey but it is not nearly as difficult as experiencing racism every day. None of us have figured it all out, but we know we must take responsibility for seeking, internalizing, and sharing this information. 

This page includes some resources that New Mexico Evaluators' leaders and members have found particularly helpful on this journey. Also, Racial Equity Tools includes more than 2,500 related resources. 

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin DiAngelo

This book defines white fragility as "...a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves." It is both easy and difficult to read, an excellent place to start one's journey into white privilege. DiAngelo's list of additional resources helps white people take responsibility for their own action-oriented learning. 

Me and White Supremacy, by Layla F. Saad

This book takes readers on a 28-day reflective journaling journey to gain a deeper understanding of one's own beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that perpetuate white-dominated communities, institutions, and systems. It helps white people see that "white supremacy" is not only something that extremists espouse but that we all do in little and big ways. White people must become more actively anti-racist in order to dismantle white supremacy. 

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