Director, Courageous Inclusion
There has been much criticism recently about white diversity and inclusion (D&I) specialists profiting from antiracism work, often focusing on Robin Di Angelo (this Forbes article is one example). I completely get this point. The very core of antiracist practice is about elevating Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPoC), so they can take their rightful place in all aspects of work, including D&I. It is also about redressing the economic disadvantage of BIPoC’s experience in our white supremacist society. Having white people lead on antiracist topics, on the surface at least, serves to reinforce white dominance. For me, this also creates an ethical issue, in fighting for social justice, how can I as a privileged white person, relinquish some of my power, whilst at the same time, fighting for other (mostly invisible) aspects of my identity? I am not Robin Di Angelo, and I too understand the struggle to pay my mortgage (and my privilege of owning my own house).
So, I don’t believe that this is a binary, all or nothing issue. It is complex and in our rapidly changing world emergent, as we evolve as people to create a more just society. As this implies I acknowledge that in writing this, I too am not a finished person, I'm evolving and learning as I go. That said the following points represent where I am now. I will appreciate and learn from any comments I receive.