Lisa Factora-Borchers: On anti-racist work

As a facilitator and activist, part of anti-racist work is being able to transform anti-Black sentiment with folx who swear they are “not racist.” Racialized perspective relies heavily on implicit bias, meaning: you may not even be conscious that your thought patterns are prejudicial and/or discriminatory toward others.

Lately, I’ve found myself offering countless resources in every modular and medium possible, and still, a seemingly open-minded person remains unconvinced that racial disparity cannot be measured by anyone besides the people most directly impacted by it.

So I have found myself saying this to many groups and individuals: I can give you endless lists that tackle racism from every human angle there is. You can read book passages from the greatest Black intellectuals, thinkers, leaders, and preachers. You could listen to every speech on YouTube and Vimeo, but it really is as simple as asking, “Do you believe the Black community

If the answer is no, the obstruction to your healing becomes the moral imperative.

YOUR healing is essential for collective liberation.

If and WHEN the answer is yes, the imperative becomes clarifying which parts of your power and privilege you are willing to put on the front lines for collective liberation.

Every single person has a role in this fight.

Lisa Factora-Borchers is a Filipinx American writer. She is the editor of the anthology DEAR SISTER: LETTERS FROM SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE. She is a contributing editor at Catapult and a senior features editor at The Rumpus.