Our Bi+ Ireland Community space strives to be an anti-racist space.
While a majority of our mods & members are white & settled, we recognize that we benefit from societies' racism by existing as white people, and do what we can to be aware and listen to the barriers the some of us may not always see.
We strive as an organization to hold space for people who are on their way to unlearning the oppressions of society, but we will not do this to the detriment of our BIPOC members & facilitators.
Racism is not tolerated in our spaces, and to call someone on their racism is not "bullying". To our white & settled members - we ask that you have compassion for those who are taking the time to educate you on unlearning these beliefs. To resist the urge to be defensive when you're feeling shame or guilt when being called out.
Racism isn't just the Big Bad Things, it can influence our actions in smaller insular ways too. We can unknowingly commit microaggressions just with some of the phrases we colloquially use, or ways we behave to Black, Traveller, or other migrant and ethnic minorities. Even with good intentions, our actions can unknowingly be influenced by society's racism. Exactly like how it can be unknowingly influenced by society's sexism, ableism, cissexism, homophobia, classism, or any other system of oppression.
For the safety and inclusion of all the diverse voices in our community, committing to unlearning racism is so important. We'll link some resources below, and signpost to some amazing Irish orgs that are great to follow and learn from too. Feel free to share any other recommendations in the comments.
Resources for Unlearning and Transforming Racism