Me and White Supremacy

by Layla F. Saad

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Now What? Continuing the Work After Day 28 Summary

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Last Updated on August 8, 2020, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 312

In “Now What? Continuing the Work After Day 28,” Saad informs her readers that after doing twenty-eight days of deep reflective work and expanding their knowledge of race, racism, and anti-racism, they now have a strong foundation for continuing to do anti-racism work. She advises them to keep the journal they used for Me and White Supremacy and go back to it from time to time. Saad also gives a number of beginner’s tips and steps for doing anti-racism work, including seeking out and learning from anti-racist educators and mentors; supporting rallies, marches, and fundraisers for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); and consuming books, podcasts, films, and other resources which expand one’s knowledge of both historic and modern-day racism and racial oppression.

Saad also points out that while practicing anti-racism through self-examination, reflection, and internal and external change is important, one must eventually move from the personal to the systemic. In order to exact long-term, impactful change, one must commit to dismantling racism and white supremacy institutionally as well as personally. This implies challenging one’s communities, educational institutions, corporations, and government institutions to make structural changes and commit to practicing anti-racism.

Lastly, in “A Final Note,” Saad reiterates her reasons for writing Me and White Supremacy: to become a good ancestor and leave the world a better place than she’d originally found it. She reminds her readers that to be a good ancestor, one must choose to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. In the fight to dismantle racism and systemic oppression, everyone’s contribution matters. This is especially true for people holding white privilege, as their privilege stems from the oppression and marginalization of BIPOC. One must choose to disrupt and challenge white supremacy within one’s self and one’s communities in order to build a better, more equitable world.

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