21-Day Racial Equity Indigenous Challenge

Fighting White Supremacy Since 1492

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“Just a reminder: the system in what is currently known as the US isn’t ‘broken.’ It was designed by male white supremacist slaveowners on stolen Indigenous land to protect their interests. It’s working as it was designed.” –Dr. Adrienne Keene (Cherokee)

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Too often the framing of racial justice gets limited to the Black/white experience. We find that by broadening our lens of how white supremacy marginalizes multiple groups, we both deepen our understanding of white supremacist strategy and impacts and learn about particular histories and current issues of historically targeted groups. Indigenous people, the first to feel the wrath of white supremacy on what we now call US soil, sets the stage for the human and environmental destruction that has unfolded since. As you work through this challenge, bear in mind the degree of invisibility experienced in US Native communities. Not only did European colonial settlers rob Indigenous people of their land, their culture, and their lives, they erased their 20,000+ year old history through omission and myths. The process of reclaiming Indigenous history is a work in progress and therefore not always complete or aligned. Not to worry. Take in what you can in the spirit it is offered – from perspectives and experiences as diverse as the millions of descendants from the 574 nations on whose land we in the US now stand.

Choose one activity per day

Each day, for 21 days, pick at least one of the below resources or activities to do.

Read

Encounter new writers and ideas from a range of media sources.

Listen

Listen in on the kinds of open, honest conversations that too many of us avoid having.

Watch

Watch and learn. We’ve offered everything from short videos to full-length films.

Notice

Why didn’t I see this sooner? It’s easy to overlook what we’re not looking for.

Connect

Follow Indigenous activists, educators, and organizations on social media.

Engage

Engage with Indigenous peoples and cultures. Be a learner more than a knower.

Act

Flex your skills. Take action to interrupt power and privilege dynamics.

Reflect

Reflect on what you choose to do, what you’re learning, and how you are feeling.

Stay Inspired

Create Let the music move you!

Tips For Success

  • Use the tracking chart provided below to stay on course. You can drag the image to your desktop and print, or you can access a digital version here and copy it for editing.
  • We think understanding white privilege is a powerful lens into the complexities of doing social justice work, so we’ve focused our resources on that specific issue.
  • Adaptable to all forms of social justice.
  • Can be done individually, with friends and family, or organization-wide.
  • Like our Facebook page. Use it to get ideas as well as share your 21-Day experience with the 21-Day community.
  • Diversify your habits by doing some of each.

* For adaptation ideas and examples of how communities are adapting the challenge to meet their specific social justice focus, click HERE.

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