There are many ways in which people and organizations work for racial justice and equity. CSWAC uses an anti-racist approach. To us, the core precepts of anti-racism include acknowledgement that racism and white supremacy are systemic, that whiteness is set up as the standard for humanity, and that those who are racialized as white are empowered while people of color are disempowered.
CSWAC believes we need to move through race to achieve racial justice and equity. Colorblind approaches have failed. And we believe an approach that requires the elimination of the race construct before racial justice and equity can be achieved is utopian.
It is not enough to eliminate racism. In fact, it is not even clear what the vision of eliminating racism specifically entails. CSWAC envisions a proactive effort to build multiracial community. We envision a society based on multiracial values, where anti-racist multiracial social structures are normative, centered, and control access to power and resources. We envision this applying throughout society, from small groups, to organizations and institutions, to the prevailing culture of society at large.
Our present society is based on whiteness and white American culture is centered. This structural condition of centered whiteness is a legacy of white supremacy. We need to decenter white American culture and build a center based on anti-racist multiracial values.
Everyone needs to change. Efforts based on changing people of color (or changing the conditions that bear upon people of color) without also focusing on the operation of whiteness and white centeredness, are incomplete and likely to fall short.
Awareness and education are important. Without vision and understanding, people and organizations are flying blind. Having a shared understanding and analysis of how race operates is crucial. Paying attention to research and best practices is helpful. Intention, motivation, and leadership are key whether you are a parent or teacher of a child, or the manager of a department, or the chief executive of an organization. Many tools and tactics for personal and organizational change are available and can be applied if one has the vision and strategy in mind.