By Danyelle Dawson, Yara Mekawi, & Natalie N. Watson-Singleton

There is a computer screen with an email in the background and an error message in the foreground which says “Did you answer these five questions before sending this statement?” and has the options of “No” and “Yes.” Toward the bottom of the photo, there are White hands typing on a pink keyboard. On the desk, there is a plant, books, a coffee cup, and a plate of fruit slices.
There is a computer screen with an email in the background and an error message in the foreground which says “Did you answer these five questions before sending this statement?” and has the options of “No” and “Yes.” Toward the bottom of the photo, there are White hands typing on a pink keyboard. On the desk, there is a plant, books, a coffee cup, and a plate of fruit slices.

Given growing attention to anti-Black and anti-Asian violence, companies and organizations are increasingly issuing statements against racism. While such statements are never enough to dismantle White supremacy, they can enhance employees’ sense of psychological safety and serve as important communications about an organization’s values and anti-racism plans. Unfortunately, not all statements are created equal, and there are many ways such statements miss the mark and cause harm to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). When feeling moved to send a statement of solidarity or a reiteration of your organization’s anti-racist…


by Danyelle Dawson, Yara Mekawi, & Natalie N. Watson-Singleton

Dear White Allies,

Engaging in antiracist work is complicated. An increasing number of you are trying to do more and trying to listen more, and in that process, become exposed to a variety of ideas about what you can “do” to support Black folks and other people of color (POC). Let’s say you jump on board and give it a shot, trying to do the “right” thing by speaking up and sharing your visceral disdain for racism. Next thing you know, you are criticized for “centering yourself” or “talking over POC.”…

Yara Mekawi

Yara Mekawi, PhD is a psychologist and postdoctoral researcher. Her research focuses on examining the antecedents and consequences of racial discrimination.

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