21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge
Developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. https://www.eddiemoorejr.com/21daychallenge/#read
Think about a time you successfully started new habit: a new exercise routine, less screen time, read more. You probably learned that creating long-lasting change takes time—and consistent practice. Creating effective social justice habits also take the same amount of dedication and time to integrate into your life.
The 21 Day Racial Equity Challenge, developed by Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., is broken up into seven categories: Read, Listen, Watch, Notice, Connect, Engage and Act. For 21 days, do an action from one of the seven categories to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity and then reflect on it.
First, we ask you go to the website by clicking here and read through the challenge and descriptions of the seven categories.
From there, you can choose your own adventure: go to the website each day to choose and complete one of the activities for that day’s category or use the calendar that we curated for you utilizing the resources listed on the website.
Whichever route you choose, stick to it for 21 days! We have a printable calendar to help you stay on track that you can download by clicking here.
Day 2: Listen All My Relations
Day 3: Watch I Didn't Tell You
Day 4: Notice Test Your Awareness: Do The Test
Day 5: Connect Join your Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) organization if there’s one in your area.
Day 6: Engage Step Up Step Back. If you are generally quiet, step up and practice speaking more. If you are generally a talker, practice stepping back and listening more.
Day 7: Act Invite other Sisters, friend(s), family, and/or colleagues to do the 21-Day Challenge with you.
Day 9: Listen to Code Switch
Day 10: Watch The Urgency of Intersectionality
Day 11: Notice What is the racial mix of the main characters in your favorite TV shows? Movies?
Day 12: Connect Google who’s who in your area by typing in ‘Racial Justice” or “Anti-Racist” + name of city/town, organization, or sector. A few website visits and you’ll likely be able to follow one or more organizations in your area on social media who are addressing issues of power and privilege.
Day 13: Engage Notice when you are uncomfortable. Reflect on why you’re uncomfortable and think about what you can do to build more emotional stamina in this area.
Day 14: Act Prepare yourself to interrupt racial jokes. Click HERE for some advice about how.
Day 15: Read Guide to Allyship
Day 17: Watch 13th, Netflix documentary by Ava DuVernay
Day 18: Notice Who is filling what kinds of jobs/social roles in your world? (e.g. Who’s the store manager and who’s stocking the shelves? Who’s waiting on tables and who’s busing the food?) Can you correlate any of this to racial identity?
Day 19: Connect Check out this organization: Race Forward
Day 20: Engage Validate others by listening closely and believing the truth and importance of what they are sharing.
Day 21: Act When the status quo is racist, disrupt it. No matter how big or small put yourself out there to create change. No need to wait until you are comfortable disrupting; it may never get comfortable, though you will get better at managing discomfort! Examples include:
- Improving the representation of books in the library by raising funds and purchasing hundreds of new books
- Disrupting inappropriate language by offering alternative language you yourself are learning
- Speaking, emailing, and posting about articles, blogs, movies, and this 21-Day Challenge that you find impactful. Let people know you are not neutral!
Let's Get Together
Pick an accountability buddy. More than just keeping you on track, select someone (a Sister perhaps?) that you can discuss your progress and what you’re feeling throughout.
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