Good that you care and good that you work for a better world for all! However, one part of the job has been long ignored. There seems to be a sort of consensus under the Left that Right-wingers ARE (per definition) racists. Their Racism would be one proof of why they are on the wrong side of history. Really?
Maybe it’s too easy for anti-Racism fighters just to huddle with the Left. (And it’s not that Left-wingers do not need to work on blotting out Racism from their lives. Their superiority feelings (they know so well what is right and wrong) makes them most obnoxious and easier spreaders of Racism.) It’s also too easy to only try to convert middle of the road people who are not really motivated to be activists.
How about convincing Right-wingers to drop Racism? Impossible? That’s not my experience! Yes, one needs to come well prepared. Yes, one needs to be willing to go where no one has gone before and learn on the job – make mistakes and adjust your course. You can’t know everything for success before you start moving, but you can prepare yourself and come inspired. I’ll give you some pointers:
- Prioritize the decent Right-winger. You don’t need to endanger yourself and go to violent fringe groups like Neo-Nazis.
- Anti-Racism activism is not meant to have Whites feel comfortable with like-minded people while trashing the other Whites. Rather, our job is to take responsibility to try to convert almost all White people to stand up against Racism.
- Say: Do you mean that such and such (Arabs, Blacks, Chinese) are less human than us? That implies that they do not know right from wrong, have no free will and are innocent no matter what they do. Is that what you want to say? I’d rather say that one of them showing to have had free will is enough to indict others of that group that do not act OK and not trash any of the others.
- Ask: What do you hate most about “them”? Have you ever been called the same by others? You should try to clean up your act and clear your name and you won’t need to take your uneasiness out on others.
- Ask: Do you remember seeing loved ones saying or doing something racist while you were thinking that that was not OK?
- Ask: Do you remember one time that you or a loved one of yours refused to fully cooperate with Racism?
- Ask: What would you do if you were an Arab / Black / Chinese yourself?
- Don’t fight their Right-wing political identification. Rather say: Racism blots the reputation of the Right and sullies your good name and what you stand for.
- Ask: Do you ever feel terribly lonely? This might come from – as a baby or toddler – seeing your White loved ones act out Racism and feeling so confused and ashamed that you emotionally abandoned them. You see: you are a born anti-racist. Just to proclaim that you’re proud to be a racist does not really help, does it? You can regain your warm connection with all people, including Whites, by going against Racism all the time so that that you can stop feeling so guilty and lonely. You have every right to be proud of and loved for exactly who you are.
Of course, before you start working on others, go though these points yourself, so that you don’t expect from them what you’ve not been prepared to face yourself.