8 Ways People of Color are Tokenized in Nonprofits
Helen Kim Ho

Fantastic article. I have zero power and I’m on no board, but I am one of the privileged. What can I contribute on a day-to-day level? You see, I know the ‘uncomfortable’ feeling very well. Outlawing it doesn’t work. On the contrary, it turns the feeling into racist fuel. So I don’t. I listen to the voice whispering in my ear and I allow the uncomfortable feeling in my stomach. Rarely do both voices speak in unison. I guess that’s a good thing.

What do I observe? Myself or the other? This horrible entanglement that I wish to escape from. I let it all work in my body and I wait. I watch and wait.

It’s easy to say what should be done. You should do this and you should do that. In my experience foreigners or people from another religion or community are as racist and frightened as those that belong to my own group.

I wish I could find a way of talking about those emotions and thoughts without quarreling. Without the ‘I am right and they are wrong’ mindset.

It is the hardest thing I know. I tend to believe that ‘they’ have this black-and-white mindset and I don’t. Makes me furious.

On a psychological emotional level, is there a way out of this?

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