Anti-racist work is a continuous, active and conscious activity that aims to oppose all forms of racism. Racism means creating inequitable opportunities and outcomes for people based on skin color or origin. Racism is part of the structures of the society. Forms of racism include microaggression, colorblindness or, on the other hand, not giving the attention to the history or presence of structural racism. Understanding how whiteness permeates society and how exclusionary it can be is an important step in the process of dismantling racism. Therefore, one must learn to recognize one’s unconscious biases as a means to break the norms of whiteness. Anti-racist practice is a means to promote equality, inclusion and equality.
Implementing anti-racist practices takes time and hard work. It requires constant dialoguing, transparency between parties, receival of and giving feedback. Based on that, we can begin to change our own actions, reflect and re-learn so that we can build a fairer and more equitable society together. For anti-racist work to be effective and strengthened, accountability is a crucial element in maintaining best practices. In that sense, it is important to implement for example, an equality plan and safer space guidelines within an organization's operations and working team. Anti-racism work is a collective job where everyone must be involved.
The Culture for All Service trains arts and cultural organizations in anti-racist practices in cooperation with Diversity Agents. If you would like more support on how to develop and strengthen your anti-racist practices, please reach out to us: contact details.
Resources regarding anti-racism
Information gathered by Non-Discrimination Ombudsman:
Online course on anti-racism for professionals (you will go to THL.fi)
Structural racism explained by Othering & Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley:
Sources to support anti-racist activities
Terms & Concepts:
Examples of anti-racism in action:
- The Aine Art Museum’s anti-racist strategy (in Finnish)
- How is the anti-racist ethos reflected in Zodiak's actions? (in Finnish)
- Equality and anti-racism at Kone Foundation
- Reinforcing anti-discrimination and anti-racist measures at the Finnish Museum of Photography
- Helsinki Art Institutions for Equ(al)ity