Day 19: To effectively uproot racism (in ourselves and in society) we’ll need to first find its roots.

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Bill Millar
Bill Millar
Published On: October 29, 2021

The origins of racism lie in the way our minds work, the fundamental architecture of the brain. Today’s reflection by Bill Millar explains that our brains had to categorize to survive. Even today they must categorize. In doing so socially, they create categories of us/them, and like-us/different. “Racism develops when inner processes of categorization fuse with power, privilege, and entitlement.” To uproot racism we need to work at the root level—and that involves, for many, facing our own entitlement and privilege.

As part of your 40 Days of Engagement on Anti-Racism journey, read about the role the brain plays in perpetuating and stopping racism in the reflection in the Downloads, below.

You can choose from today’s menu of additional activities as an individual, group, or family.

  • Faith Reflection: Intentionally let go of everything in your life.
  • Children’s Activity: Use a Circle of Trust to explore implicit bias.
  • Group Commitment: Commit to radical internal action.
  • Advocacy: Plan one small action that grows out of your new awareness.

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