Thank you! I know I’m going in the right direction when I’m helping you think more clearly!
The challenge comes in redirecting those folks whose first instinct is to organize rather than learn. It’s almost like we have an aversion to admitting that we don’t know something. And also, it feels good. It feels way better to go to a meeting about organizing to dismantle racism than to sit down and evaluate ourselves.
I also wonder, how white-centric is the very way we “organize”? What’s with the committees and sub-committees and procedures and meeting minutes? Racial justice work in black communities happens at church, in the salon, at school, on the sidewalk… I don’t hear a lot about board members or advisory councils. Part of the safety of those spaces is the way in which we organize them… But that thought is still incubating a bit.