Becoming an anti-racist organisation
At PSS we’re against racism of all kinds. Not only will we never tolerate any kind of individual racism where we work, but we’re doing all we can to make a stand against systemic racism, too, starting with how we do things at PSS. We’re working hard to become an anti-racist organisation.
We want to be better
We’re doing everything we can to be as inclusive as we can – to look at power and privilege within our organisation. We’re serious about taking a long, hard look at PSS at every level, looking at how we recruit people, how we support people, how we educate our staff and how we can raise the voices of the people we support and our team members as they have important conversations about racism and celebrate diversity. We want to help all of our staff understand what White privilege means and have the space and time to take a step back and think about how racism has affected all of our lives, no-matter what our ethnicity is.
How we’re supporting our team to become anti-racist
Being anti-racist is a choice you can make in your life to help make the world a better, more inclusive place. It’s about doing things, however small or large, to actively speak out against racism in the world.
When you apply for a role with us, we’ll be asking you to agree to join us in being anti-racist in every way we can – to listen and to understand as best you can. We’re going to help you recognise how racism impacts our lives, show you some of the ways you can be anti-racist in your life, and help you to see how you can play a part in changing things for the better.
We’ve got lots of learning and development opportunities to help us be better – and we’re constantly updating and tweaking them to suit our changing world. After all, just being ‘not racist’ isn’t enough to make the world a better place – we need to rise against it together to make a change.
Resources for our team
We’ve created some of our own resources to help our team learn more about racism and how they can become anti-racist. We’ve also put together a list of some of the articles, books, podcasts, films and social media accounts that have helped us to learn about racism, power and privilege. This list covers just some of the many brilliant resources out there to help you learn and be better – we encourage you to explore the topic and, importantly, your own thoughts about racism.
PSS guide to being anti-racist
We’ve produced a PSS guide to being anti-racist for our staff which explains some small steps you can take to start your anti-racism journey at PSS. Give it a read and ask questions if you have any.
This guide has been produced by PSS people who have been listening, learning and growing on their own anti-racism journeys. If you read our guide and think it could be improved or feel we’re not hitting the mark, please drop us a line – we want to keep doing better: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ‘I am Black, this is what I need and what I don’t from white allies’, Nicole Cameron
- ‘How to be an active bystander when you see casual racism’, NY Times
- ‘When black people are in pain, white people just join book clubs’, Tre Johnson:
- ‘Talk about privilege at work’, Harvard Business Review
- ‘The dangers of internalising racism’, Washington Post
- ‘A brief history of racism and resistance’, Historic England
- ‘Britain’s racism problem—we’ve made progress, but not enough’, Sunder Katwala
- ‘I knew what it was like being black and British – but when I moved to the US, I was called the N-word for the first time’, June Eric-Udorie
- ‘Resources for White people to learn and talk about race and racism’, Nina Berman
- ‘White fragility – Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism’ – Robin Deangelo
- ‘How To Be An Anti-racist’ – Ibram X. Kendi
- ‘This Book Is Anti-racist’ – Tiffany Jewell and Aurelia Durund
- ‘So You Want To Talk About Race’ – Ijeoma Oluo
- ‘The Bluest Eye’ – Toni Morrison
- ‘The difference between being ‘not racist’ and antiracist – Ibram X. Kendi (TED)
- ‘No. You Cannot Touch My Hair! – Mena Fombo (TED)
- ‘Uncomfortable Conversations With A Black Man’ – Emmanuel Acho
- ‘Strong opinions loosely held – unpacking white fragility’
- ‘How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time’ – Baratunde Thurston (TED)
- ‘Get comfortable with being uncomfortable (TED)’ – Luvvie Ajayi Jones
- ‘How to tell someone they sound racist’ – Jay Smooth
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) – Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) – Netflix
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) – Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) – Netflix
- Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton)
Podcasts and poems
- Unlocking Us: How to Be an Antiracist (Brené Brown and Ibram X. Kendi)
- Kyla Lacey – White Privilege (poem)
- Radio One Xtra Black Lives Matter special
- Everything you never knew about Indian history
Resources about anti-racism: https://www.instagram.com/thewhiteshift/
Reni Eddo Lodge, author of ‘Why I’m No Longer Taking To White People About Race’: https://www.instagram.com/renieddolodge/
Yomi Adegoke, author of Slay In Your Lane, podcaster, writer: https://www.instagram.com/yomi.adegoke/
Kelechi Ogafor, podcaster at Say Your Mind, actor: https://www.instagram.com/kelechnekoff/
Afua Hirch, journalist, author of Brit(ish): https://www.instagram.com/afuahirsch/
Candice Brathwaite, author, journalist, presenter: https://www.instagram.com/candicebrathwaite/
Layla F Saad, author of ‘Me And White Supremacy’: https://www.instagram.com/laylafsaad/