Tennessee Anti Racist Network calls individuals and organizations to use and promote a Bystander Intervention approach to ending racism. Individuals (and groups) often stand-by and watch difficult situations that they are not directly involved with. To promote deep and meaningful change, Bystanders must become Interveners.
Racism is a community issue, and anti-racism is a community responsibility.
Your participation in anti racist actions and education helps ensure the success of anti-racist community intervention as a means to interrupt and end the racist dialogue and action of racist groups like AmRen and the National Socialist Movement (neo-Nazi's). Start by signing the Statement of Solidarity and Support. Follow up by answering the Calls To Action.
How To Intervene and Use Bystander Intervention
Challenge racist dialogue and prejudice.Call out people and groups that promote prejudice toward people of color. Stand up to racist dialogue and build a new future one interaction at a time.
Challenge yourself.No matter one’s racial or ethnic background, everyone is affected by the pervasive poison of racism. It is important to check our own biases and actions.
Challenge racist practices in organizations and institutions. Educate yourself and others about how policies, and policy changes, can contribute to racial equality. It is important to challenge institutions to address systemic racism.
Support victimsof racist prejudice, discrimination, and violence.You can be a supportive ally by really hearing people out when they reveal their experiences to you (rather than blaming them or encouraging them to think of alternative reasons for those acts).
Be proactive. Do not be a bystander.Participate in anti racist actions, demonstrations, counter protests, conferences and educational events.