Our obsession with racist attitudes can obscure the fact that racism is a system, devised to justify slavery, with a hierarchy that still defines the value of our lives today – that’s why you can be racist without being a racist.
Anti-racism is the practice of actively countering anything that denies access, dignity and resources to black people. It’s about ensuring that we have the freedom to truly live. The space to be alive without wondering how we’re still alive.
White people as a social category already have that, no matter where they are in the world – in Europe, Bahia, or Lagos. Black people deserve that freedom too – and then some, because this world was built on our backs.