What’s happening across this country requires white people to take a deep look inward at our own roles in the racial inequities present in these United States.
I’m a 67-year-old old white man. I grew up in Roseburg, a small mill town in southern Oregon. There was only one Black family in town, and everyone knew where they lived. It’s taken most of my life to truly understand how my white privilege helped me succeed.
“First and foremost, it’s critical for every American to stop saying terms like, “I’m not racist.” And I think it’s critically important for Americans to admit the racist ideas that they have likely been raised to believe. It’s critically important for Americans to admit the racist policies they’ve supported that have led to inequality and injustice and death. And it’s critically important for them to admit the times in which they were being racist because there’s no way they can change themselves if they’re still in that denial.
So to be anti-racist is to admit when we’re being racist. And then not only that admission, but then we challenge those racist ideas. We adopt antiracist ideas that say the problem is power and policy when there is inequity, not people. And then we spend our time, we spend our funds, we spend our energy challenging racist policy and power.”
Expect more of this as we take an occasional break from our usual ingredient and product highlights, instead using our privilege and platform to help elevate Black voices that too often go unheard.
The last few months showed that we can change our world if we have the will. We all want to live without fear or worry, and we could.
On behalf of all of us here at Real Good Food, Jim Dixon