I'm sure that many of you, like me, have been wondering how you can effectively help to create equity, safety and well-being for all people with colored bodies. A foundational step that Ms. King suggests is creating racial affinity groups that explore their own individual and collective racial narratives and group identities. I will be organizing a racial affinity group that will begin this July, 2020. Members of the group will be encouraged to read Ruth King's book, Mindful of Race, and meet once monthly over the course of a year to learn and grow both collectively and as individuals. If you would like to be a part of this group, you can E-mail me at email@example.com.
I form this group not as an expert, but as a fellow traveler. Years of anti-racist education at UW-M moved me from color blindness to understanding the many overt and covert ways that race creates barriers for some and privilege for others. It is only through continued growth and collective action over time that the intention to decrease oppression and increase equity can transform into enduring change.