Black Voices On the City
One of the most important guiding questions in anti-racism teachings is “Who am I/who are we to do this work?” We owe users of this guide our answer to that question so they can hold us accountable as we exercise our privileges to fight anti-Black racism in the field of urban planning. We are a group of majority non-Black graduate students and alumni whose lives have benefited from intersections with other forms of privilege, such as being male and cisgender or having access to family wealth and higher education. Some of us also identify as queers, feminists, and immigrants. We come to this work with a recognition that these identities produce a number of limitations and blindspots, which is why we are calling on everyone with an interest in tackling anti-Blackness within urban planning to collaborate with us and critique our work. For additional information on how we inform our allyship, please see Amélie Lamont’s Guide to Allyship.