We’re now a year removed from the initial civil rights protests that began last spring in response to the murder of George Floyd. Since then, many such efforts seem to have grown cold or run out of steam.
As Rebecca Stevens A. has said, this could be for a few reasons: forgetfulness, cold feet, or just that their allyship was superficial from the start.
But when it comes to the work of antiracism, the question many find themselves asking is, “How much is enough?” What are the quantitative means by which I can track my progress? Is there a finish line, an eventual arrival as an antiracist?
This article will address these questions.
If the Work Had a Finish Line, We’d Be There by Now
There is no clear finish line for the antiracism efforts of white people. In the 244 years that the United States has existed as an independent nation, we have yet to reach a point of racial equality that removes the need for such work.
Of course, there have been improvements in the realm of racial justice. But none of these have achieved the racial equality we are still fighting for today.
Had this occurred already, the Jim Crow era would have never happened. Brown v. Board of Education would have never been a contested decision in the Supreme Court, and children of all races would have had no issues attending school together.