AN EXPLICIT COMMITMENT TO ANTI-RACISM

We're here to build an equitable world.

June 1, 2020

To my community,

First of all, I’m so glad you’re here!  I know if we’ve found each other, you’re purpose-driven and deeply motivated to be a positive agent of change in the world.  You’re here to make more money & create a conscious impact.

You believe in possibility, are committed to the inner work that yields the outer results, and hold yourself accountable to being true to who you are so you always move from a place of deep integrity.  Everything you do is grounded in a desire for liberation; financially, emotionally, and spiritually.  As an entrepreneur, you view your business as one of the most powerful vehicles to create positive change.

As a member of this community, specifically if you are White, we take these values and extend them to the work of anti-racism recognizing that true liberation only comes when there is liberation for us all; that being our highest selves and of our greatest service also includes taking a stand for injustices; that making money is one of the most profound ways we can be powerful agents for equitable change.  

We explicitly encourage our internal drive for self-actualization & success to hold us in deep devotion to being awake, aware, and conscious of how we’ve been complicit in upholding systems of oppression and being actively engaged in dismantling them.  Through that work, we intentionally leverage our businesses to be vehicles for change. 

Therefore, we are here to build anti-racist businesses by being engaged in our own anti-racism work to create an anti-racist world.  

If you're Black or a Non-Black Person of Color (NBPOC), this means that your brilliance, creativity, safety, joy, gifts, & success are a priority here as I intentionally lead this space from a place of guided equity meaning I am consistently investing in Black and NBPOC educators to help me see what I can't see so I can hold this space with the tools and wisdom that requires.

I am always open to feedback for how I can do better because there will always be ways to do better.  Anti-racism work, to me, isn’t about perfection.  It’s about presence & a willingness to always be learning.  I am committed to be a life-long learner.

Anti-racism is also a commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI).  Each of these values are robust and because of that, I want to share the actions I’m taking in regards to each within each 12-month time frame.  Why a 12-month time frame?  Because anti-racism work is both urgent and un-rushed if it is to be rooted from a place of authentic action. 

Each year, these commitments will be assessed for growth and expanded upon to continue prioritizing DEI in the way we do business.

Living document

 

Because anti-racism work is life-long work, this document will grow and evolve as this work grows and evolves.  Resources will be added as they are found just as commitments will be added as time goes on.  As a community member, you are always welcome to add resources and suggest commitments for this space to do an even better job at upholding anti-racist beliefs, ideas, and policies. 


2020 Commitments to DEI


Diversity:

  • I’m committed to continuing to use imagery that showcases diverse skin-tones & body sizes so people from all backgrounds see themselves represented in my business and my work. 
  • I’m committed to elevating Black and NBPOC voices on my platforms as podcast guests, guest experts, speakers, and people whose work I share in my community.
  • I’m committed to continuing to intentionally seek out Black and NBPOC expertise and foster authentic connection & collaboration.
  • I’m committed to hiring & promoting Black and NBPOC in my organization. 
  • I’m committed to de-centering whiteness as the norm by referring to White people as White bringing race more front and center.  
  • I'm committed to only speaking at events and on podcasts that have diverse speakers and guests.

 

Equity:

  • I’m committed to building an equitable podcast by elevating 2 Black and NBPOC voices for every White voice I interview.
  • I’m committed to offering a BIPOC coaching call once a month for Black and NBPOC clients led by a Black business & mindset coach to address additional challenges that present themselves in growing a business as a Black or NBPOC. 
  • I’m committed to giving to organizations and charities that are engaged in building a more equitable world.   
  • I’m committed to financially & vocally backing political candidates who are committed to dismantling systems of oppression and supporting anti-racist policies.  This includes at the community level all the way up to the presidency.  
  • I’m committed to voting for political candidates who are committed to dismantling systems of oppression and supporting anti-racist policies.  This includes at the community level all the way up to the presidency.  

 

Inclusion: 

  • I’m committed to sharing the racial makeup of group programs with all clients so they can invest in programs that represent diverse spaces.  This is especially true for Black and NBWOC so they can invest confidently in programs that prioritize their safety and wellbeing. 
  • I’m committed to creating inclusive live events, retreats, & coaching programs by including food, pronouns, race, religious practices, culture-specific references, and important holidays that aim to decenter the White Heterosexual Judeo-Christian Cis-Gendered Able-Bodied norm.
  • I’m committed to personally inviting Black and NBPOC into my spaces and not only ensuring they feel welcomed, but feel seen, important, & heard.  

 

As a Black or NBPOC community member, I am here to create a space where you know you’re valued and celebrated for the unique magic you bring to the world. 

As a White, Black, and NBPOC community member, I need your help in ensuring this is the space we co-create.  By being here, you're committed to staying engaged in your own anti-racism work and being willing to point out racist statements and actions when you see them, even within yourself.

The beauty of anti-racism is you don’t have to be free of racism to be anti-racist.  Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including within yourself.  That is the only way forward.” 

Ijeoma Oluo

And as professor Ibram X. Kendi has said, there is only being racist or anti-racist.  There is no middle ground. We choose to be racist or anti-racist from moment to moment and because of that, our commitment within this space is to stay present, consistently evaluate & scrutinize our words and actions, and to always be open to how we can do better because this is what a growth mindset requires.  

How we put that into action:

Being anti-racist and co-creating an anti-racist community asks you to stay engaged by being a continuous learner & investing your time, money, energy, and emotion into reading books, attending workshops, hiring Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion consultants inside your business, supporting organizations & candidates that support anti-racism, taking anti-racism parenting classes, having honest conversations with your family & friends, and staying present with your own inner reflection, especially if you’re White. I’ve included a list of resources for this work at the end of this document. 

My role: 

Even though this is an anti-racist space, it is not my role to be your anti-racist teacher as I am not a professional anti-racism educator.  I am simply a White woman who is engaged and committed to anti-racism work.  My role here is to take a stand, use my voice, leverage my platform and my privilege to raise awareness & encourage other people to do the same.  My role is to routinely bring in experts who can speak to diversity, equity, and inclusion in business to help your business be a more potent agent of equitable change.   

Accountability: 

The whole purpose of being an anti-racist community is to make safe & welcoming space for Black, Brown, Indigineous, and marginalized voices.  To do that, we must hold each other accountable when racist words are spoken and racists actions are done.  

As much as I’d love to pretend these will never happen, we assume they will happen because we all live in a system that upholds oppressive beliefs, ideas, and policy.  I will always assume these words or actions were unintentional.  However, if it becomes apparent that they were purposeful, you will be removed from our space immediately. 

When racist words or actions are done, our community will respond as follows: 

  • Offense #1: You’ll be made aware through either verbal or written notice that what you said or did upheld racist beliefs or policies. 
    ** I trust that when you’re willing to be in an anti-racist space, you are also willing to learn how to do better, will willingly own your mistake, and allow other community members to learn alongside you. 
  • Offense #2: You’ll be publicly referred to an anti-racist resource that will hopefully be supportive in helping you see how your words or actions uphold racist beliefs or policies.
    ** I trust that when you’re willing to be in an anti-racist space, you are also open to continuing to learn how to do better and will willingly devote your time, emotion, money, and energy into that aim. 
  • Offense #3: Removal from the space for a minimum of 3 months. 
  • Readmission will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be dependent on your level of commitment to anti-racist work.  


To my community members, I am here to create an anti-racist space and invite you to co-create this space with me.  I do not promise to always get this right, but I do promise to always be willing to do it better. 

👉🏼 If you are a client, anti-racism work is non-negotiable if I am to be in full support of your business.  I cannot and will not align myself with organizations that continue to uphold systems of oppression.   This will be grounds for the termination of our relationship.  Please refer to our client agreement for further specifics.  
 

To ensure best-fit within the coaching relationship, please be prepared to answer the following questions prior to filling out your new client intake form:
1. One anti-racist resource you've been learning from within the last 12 months
2. One way you are increasing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in your business within the next 12 months

The same is true should you apply to be a guest on the podcast.

Our pledge: 

We acknowledge that we are human beings who are awakened to the real systemic racism that constantly operates in the background of our lives, relationships, and businesses.  We pledge to consistently and unequivocally take a stand against racism and explicitly build an anti-racist world. 

I’m so glad you’re here!  

With Love, 

Megan Hale, MA | Profit First Business Strategist & CEO Coach

ANTI-RACIST RESOURCES

And my personal journey of waking up to White Supremacy.

In this day and age, I know performative allyship can be just as harmful as racist beliefs, ideas, and policies.  I think it’s always helpful to know more about someone’s process and what motivated them to take an unequivocal stand.  I also want to be a voice that normalizes what it’s like to wake up to White Privilege and why being anti-racist is in no-way an overnight process.  The following is my journey with striving to be anti-racist as well as resources that have either been recommended to me or have personally supported me on my path. 

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I was born and raised in the American South - a culture that has deep ties to slavery, racism, White Supremacy, and other systems of oppression. I went to a mainly white church and had a mostly homogenous upbringing as a middle class American.  I talk about this awareness on Ep. 14 of Wild & Holy Radio

For most of my life, racial slurs and microaggressions were commonplace. Racism was something that was spoken about as if it were over.  When marginalized people would raise their voices, it would often be met with the sentiment that “things have come so far” as if the progress that had been made should be sufficient.  It wasn’t.  It’s not. 

2016 was the year I woke up to White Privilege & White Supremacy and since then, I have been actively engaged in understanding my complicity and dismantling my own internalized racism.  

To my White Community members:

I want you to know that if you too are waking up to White Privilege & White Supremacy, this is going to be an emotional experience laced with shame, grief, guilt, remorse, anguish, disgust, rage, and heartbreak.  I want to encourage you to transmute those feelings into action because this is how we, as White people, can be part of the change. 

I also want to normalize the desire to get it right and not do more harm.  Spiritual teachings will tell you to take pause and take action when you feel aligned or safe to do so.  I want to create more urgency than that.  People’s lives depend on your swift action, which means you’re going to have to get comfortable with taking imperfect steps.  This is how we learn.  

With that said, I know the initiation to anti-racism work holds a lot of conflicting messages. 

  • There’s the call to use your voice and also take a seat and listen. 
  • There’s the call to take ownership of your internalized racism and also not center your feelings. 
  • There’s the call to lean in and do the work and what you’re currently doing is not enough.  
  • There’s the call to speak out imperfectly and also the backlash of shame, call out culture, and perceived judgement & attack when you get it wrong.  
  • There’s the pressure to say something before you’re ready and also be authentic & not performative.  
  • There’s the call to seek peaceful interaction and discord and also not tone police racial conversations or bypass righteous anger.  


Learning to navigate these dichotomies can be incredibly confusing.  It’s hard to know where to start and how to be a supportive ally. 

I talk about how to stay engaged as a White Woman and take a stand for anti-racism below (published June 1, 2020):


What’s been incredibly helpful for me is to remove the concept of “good” from my vocabulary in regards to anti-racism work.  For too long, many White people have thought of themselves as “good people” who couldn’t possibly be racist.  The truth is White people can be both good and racist.  We can be good and still do harm.  And as you navigate being anti-racist, you will do harm.  Not intentionally.  You don’t know what you don’t know.  You can only start where you are.  And you are always right on time while also being incredibly late to the conversation.  Both truths exist. 

As you take action, as you use your voice, as you leverage your platform - you’ll receive feedback for how you can do better.  Our work, as White people, is to take pause, listen, integrate the wisdom that is being offered, go deeper into understanding the intricate layers that were involved in causing harm in the first place. 

When you make a mistake and cause harm, it is essential you take pause and listen.  Learn where you went wrong and how you can do better.  Be mindful of getting defensive.  Own the impact your actions created because no matter how pure your intentions were, our intentions can often come from a White-centered view not clearly seeing the harmful impact they may have for Black, Brown, and other People of Color. 

You causing unintentional harm can certainly feel like you’re not a good person, you can do better, and no matter what you do - you aren’t doing it right.  It’s easy to personalize corrections and feedback when it isn’t about you.  It’s about the action.  It’s easy to feel like you’re failing and getting it wrong.  One of the best things I’ve offered myself is instead of thinking in black and white terms of “right/wrong” or “good/bad” - think in terms of “less/more”.  

  • This can be less harmful.
  • This can be more inclusive. 
  • I could have been less centering. 
  • I could have been more unequivocal.  

Learning to depersonalize feedback is critical to your ability to stay engaged in anti-racism work.  Learning to hold space for shame when it pops up, which it will, is part of your inner work to stay engaged.  

Your comfort will be challenged repeatedly.  It’s essential you learn to process your feelings in spaces that are designed for you.  Otherwise, this can lead to centering/prioritizing your feelings over the feelings of people of color who have been harmed, which takes the focus off of the harm and the person harmed & instead on reassuring you you’re still a good person, you still belong, people are still willing to be in community with you, etc.

If shame is present for you when you receive feedback, stay curious.  It’s so incredibly easy for us to assume someone is shaming us when more times than not, the shame we feel is from our own unknowing and the harm we unintentionally caused. 

With that said, when racial tensions are higher than usual - where there’s more death, more violence, more racially motivated murder and aggressions - the world will be an intense place.  People will be angry, heated, hurt, sad, outraged, and fed up. 

The tendency of White people can be to disengage when racial conversations aren’t happening with the respect, compassion, and softness one prefers.  This can lead to tone policing and disengaging.  I implore you to stay observant in times like these.  I recommend watching this video on
White Fragility to understand this more deeply.

  • How can you hold space for the righteous anger that is present in the world?  
  • How can you see the sacredness is that rage?  
  • How can you put yourself in the shoes of people who have been fighting this fight for decades and seeing only small, slow steps of change typically off the backs of those who have lost their lives senselessly? 

As a White person, your role isn’t to silence the rage.  It’s to understand the root of it to begin with.  

As a Spiritual White person, your tendency can be to seek love, light, peace, & unity.  It’s well meaning, but also bypassing.  Love, light, peace, & unity are comforting when the world is in pain. 

It’s your work to stay present to the pain that is happening in the world around us because from that pain, we find purpose.  From that purpose, we create change.  From that change, we become part of the solution to create more love, light, peace, & unity.  The true kind.  The kind that exists for us all.  

To be an anti-racist member of this community, there is work to do in the midst of racial tension and work to do outside of it.  It’s often easier to take action in the midst of crisis because there will be pressure to speak out.  This is important.  The real work, however, is what you choose to do when the tension dies down.  Anti-racism work is lifelong work that we must prioritize and make it our personal responsibility.

I want to point you to two key resources for how to show up as an anti-racist ally.

The first is from Mireille Cassandra Harper on 10 Steps to be a Non-Optical Ally:


The Second is From Caroline Kusin Pritchard for Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting About Racism on Social Media.
 

Being part of an anti-racist community means you are willing to be open to how to be a better anti-racist ally.

I stay engaged in this work by:

  • Staying engaged in my own personal work to dismantle internalized systems of oppression through reading books on anti-racism, taking workshops, hiring anti-racist educators, infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into my business, and making it my business to be a voice of change.
  • Having safe spaces to process my emotions when I do unintentional harm.  
  • Not only following anti-racism educators, but also intentionally seeking out diversity in my network for Black & NBPOC experts whose work I can support.  
  • Amplify the voices and experiences of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color. 
  • Using my platform to speak out about injustices and be unequivocal on what I believe and stand for/against.  


This is not an exhaustive list by any means.  The work for each of us is to find our own way of being anti-racist.  I am always here for conversation, feedback, and resources.

For specific anti-racist educators I follow, I encourage you to listen and learn from the following men & women: 

For specific organizations, I recommend: 

  • Downloading The Black Wallet app to find local Black Businesses wherever you are. Support them. Invest in their dreams.
  • Supporting bail funds in times of protests. Many people are detained without access to funds to post bail. Fund your local area to help support protestors.
  • Supporting Together Rising, founded by Glennon Doyle. This organization is always supporting boots on the ground initiatives to send funds where they're needed most.
  • Donating funds to your local organizations who are supporting anti-racism efforts in your area.
  • Donating to Campaign Zero that focuses on creating 8 shifts to police departments and how they de-escalate conflict.

For resources I’ve either personally taken part in or I reference, I recommend:

BUT, along with all of the ways you can engage in being anti-racist - the way this work truly shows up is by listening and following Black and Non-Black People of Color - not because of their skin tone, but because of their brilliance.  This should go without saying, but I know many of my White friends who wake up to white supremacy start to notice that their network lacks diversity.  The first question is “how do I change this?”  The next question is “how do I change this without tokenizing?” 

And the answer to this is simple. 

Make an intentional effort to find Black & NBPOC owned businesses.  Seek out businesses and experts who are Black & Non-Black People of Color.  Learn about their brilliance.  Listen to what they have to say; their wisdom, their skillset, their craft, their perspective, their gifts, their talents, their magic. 

Use your platform to elevate their work.  Refer work to them.  Be a person who supports their business & their dreams.


Do this from an authentic place and never stop. 

The work of being an anti-racist must carry a deep urgency for change while recognizing that deep change takes time. 

Be invested.  Stay committed.  

I believe in us and the important role we each have in building an explicit anti-racist world.  

Again, I’m so glad you’re here and that you’ve intentionally chosen to be a member of this community!