(I’ve decided to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy by celebrating his life and work all week. Check out the whole series and more here.)

NOT Being Racist Just Isn’t Good Enough

In a previous post, I spoke about how not doing anything about racial injustice is almost as impressive as NOT DOING SOMETHING RACIST. You don’t get credit for not beating your wife, or not abandoning your kids right? So why should not doing anything racist be anything different?

In fact, doing NOTHING about racism is one of the key ways racism is perpetuated in this country. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about the evil of complacency as well. He said:

“We must learn that passively to accept an unjust system is to cooperate with that system, and thereby to become a participant in its evil. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

(Thanks Erica Joy for reminding me of this great quote. To see the larger quote click here.)

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Non-Racist vs. Anti-Racist

So, do you consider yourself a non-racist or anti-racist? There is a difference. If the difference between the two still doesn’t make sense to you, Marlon James can explain.

Are you racist? “No” isn’t a good enough answer

How does this resonate with you?

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Ali Collins is an educator, community organizer and mom. She lives with her husband and twin girls in San Francisco, CA.

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