WHAT IS RACISM?
"'We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it" ---Stephen Covey
A historically rooted system of dehumanizing assumptions, behavior, and actions by individuals and institutions based on ideologies that reinforce the superiority and power of white people and the inferiority and powerlessness of people of color while harming both. The assumptions and ideologies that can lead to actions that hold up the system of racism are embedded in our institutions, policies, and culture – and therefore embedded in all of us. We are conditioned to see the world through prescribed lenses that steadily but stealthily fuel the system of racism through a continuous process.
"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom." ---Jim Rohn
Every person and organization is infected with implicit bias that can lead to our unconscious participation in upholding social injustice. The most pervasive and longstanding form of implicit bias is racial implicit bias, the virus that can lead to the disease of racism. However, we do not have a shared understanding of the complexity of racism, how it works, or what it means in our personal and professional lives.
"Most people don't recognize opportunity because it comes disguised as hard work." ---Salada Teabag
There is an opportunity to eradicate the system of racism. It requires all of us ---every person and every organization--- to take responsibility by developing the necessary consciousness and critical thinking skills to facilitate consistent, practical actions. We have to challenge the infection of implicit racial bias in our lives and organizations to prevent it from becoming the disease of racism.
All Aces, Inc. works with people and organizations to reframe their understanding of racism to focus on action. We provide speaking, coaching, strategic workshops, and an online learning community, DynamIQImpact.com, that include this issue.