Accountability is more than just a statement. Here are the ways in which I actively practice accountability.
I take responsibility for partnering with people of color in the multiracial movement for our shared liberation. I recognize that people with racial privilege cannot do antiracism work without accountability to people of color in their lives and in their communities. I listen deeply to the people with whom I have relationships, welcome consultation and critique, and solicit and receive feedback. When I misstep, as we all will, I seek to repair.
I am responsible for doing the necessary work within my own racial group to dismantle racism. Research shows that we are most receptive to messages from same-race peers, particularly when it comes to information about racial identity and racism. I am committed to bringing more white people into antiracism work and doing my best to prepare them to participate in ways that are effective and accountable. I work with antiracist organizing efforts at the local and national level and founded our local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice.
I am responsible for engaging in regular and rigorous unpaid work for the movement. I spend my time, energy, and money on antiracist activism and organizing to help counterbalance the unpaid labor and resources expended by people and communities of color who lead this movement. I also use my curriculum design expertise to regularly create and offer free learning materials. These include but are not limited to: Online Teaching with an Equity Mindset (training series for online teachers), Inclusion Training for the Change Agent Generation (training series for ages 13+), Positionality Matters (self-contained workshop/workbook for ages 13+), and Leadership for an Inclusive Society(a textbook for people who want to teach about inclusion and justice).
I am responsible for naming the uncomfortable contradiction that exists when paid DEI work profits from systems of oppression. I seek to offer high quality and effective professional development training, some of which I get paid to facilitate. I seek to disrupt the DEI Industrial Complex by offering those who are seeking customized training the lowest possible fees, and I make sure to offer an entirely free version on a regular schedule every few months. When I receive a fair wage for professional development training that focuses on antiracism, I share proceeds with 1) a fellow facilitator of color, 2) an antiracist organizing group led by people of color, and 3) people of color in my life who are seeking support.
I am responsible for doing more than just teaching or training other people. I engage in constant self-analysis and continued education about my own privileges and my role in the movement for social change. I regularly reflect on and revise my own approaches, roles, and commitments.