Leading up to the 2016 election, Dr. Campt watched as the vitriol and divisiveness amped up on the national stage. As support for the “conservative” agenda rose alongside more openly racist language, he decided to address the need for allies to be more effective in confronting open racism. Using neuroscience research and best-practice methodology, the White Ally Toolkit was developed.
Since founding the project, Dr. Campt has offered scores of in-person workshops that include teaching the R.A.C.E. method of listening. He has also written an expansive guide that can be utilized by independent groups.
Allies from across America are engaging in thoughtful, grounded ways that are not only improving their effectiveness as allies, but also improving all their relationships. The materials have been repackaged as a Boot Camp, especially for spiritually grounded people.
The white ally toolkit contains specific modules. The first is focused on preparing and encouraging white allies to stand in the fire of the conversation about race.
Other modules are focused on myths that reflect racial skepticism. These myths are the key issues around which the toolkit is constructed. The key tool is the Connector Method, which is a specific way of managing a conversation or conversation series with a skeptic.
Without being able to listen to white skeptics express perspectives that you may find racially problematic or even disturbing, the Connector Method will not work. This is why the first module about preparing for this work focused mostly on improving listening skills.
When having an encounter with a racial skeptic that you are trying to reach, it is critical to remember, that your sadness, anger, or racial shame is not what is important. This is not about you! For the most part, POCs need you to not burn the bridge with this person, but rather to stand in the fire and map out a strategy that has some chance of moving them out of racial denial.
If you can’t empathetically listen to someone, you are highly unlikely to be effective in inviting them to see gaps in their point of view.
The rest of the tools are based on specific myths that reflect racial skepticism/denial/ignorance. They work together to form a defense against people of color’s claims that:
When trying to engage a white skeptic, the ally’s job is the identify a few racial beliefs of the skeptic, and try to engage them about this issues in a way that invites them to more enlightened and more racially sensitive thinking.