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Have you ever heard of the idea that in order to make something into a lasting habit, that it takes 21 days to take hold in your life? Perhaps you want to exercise more, eat healthier, limit the amount of time you spend on social media, or become more active with a hobby or cause. It is a process that takes time, patience, dedication and intentional action, right? Change is hard. Creating effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership is like any lifestyle change. Setting our intentions and adjusting what we spend our time doing is essential. It’s all about building new habits. Sometimes the hardest part is just getting started. The good news is, there is an abundance of resources just waiting to empower you to be a more effective player in the quest for equity and justice.
Beginning on August 1, 2020, I invite you to join the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge©, created by Dr. Eddie Moore, a diversity educator. It is a starting point for individuals to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy and oppression. I am grateful to Dr. Moore for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this concept as an educational tool.
We have a lot of work to do in regards to racial equity, both individually and collectively. The sharp inequity that divides us is a part of our history as a people that we cannot hide from and the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and so many others, have only highlighted the immediacy and need of this work.
This 21-Day challenge will by no means be the end of the things we need to do, instead it is a humble beginning on a long and important journey. Accepting the challenge is a first step in confessing wrongs and moving toward justice.
Much of this challenge has been intentionally crafted to focus on the Black American experience. The activities seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Black history, identity and culture and to the Black community’s experience of racism in America. You will be exposed to voices and perspectives that may be different than your own through articles, videos, and podcasts. However, even this focus on Black Americans cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Black community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community of color.
Over the next 21 days, we are going to build our awareness, our understanding and our capacity for action. Let see how our own perspectives and personal awareness of racism will grow and be challenged. This work is hard. Thank you for taking the courageous steps forward.
On the journey,