" REPLACING REJECTION, SUPPRESSION, AND OPPRESSION

WITH EQUITY, EMPOWERMENT, INCLUSION, AND RESPECT"

Dante is a native of San Francisco. He is a Human Resources, Workforce, Learning & Organizational Development professional, specializing in the implementation of anti-racist practice, anti-racist organizational development and change; racial equity, racial repair, racial relief, and inclusion strategies.  Dante continues to specialize in implicit/unconscious bias capacity building, with more than 20 years experience.  Throughout his career he has gained expertise in designing, developing, and delivering a combination of retreats, classes, and seminars.

The primary focus of his life has been working to promote equity, inclusion, and equality of underserved, under-acknowledged, and underprivileged populations; specifically communities of color, sexual orientation, and gender minorities. 

Dante’s goal is to ultimately help, individuals, organizations, and institutions to: 

  • Understand the psychological, sociological, social, economic, hierarchical, and legal aspects of racism, sexism, and inequality to examine the ways in which these elements impact humanity in a racialized society (all of us), how we view ourselves, the racial/ethnic communities we are from; other communities, and people who are from different communities.

  • Realize the views we maintain are informed by a combination of many life experiences which are subjective, are not equal, fair, or neutral – and the ways that our perceptions inform how we treat different people from various racial and ethnic communities.

  • Explore and examine our personal life experience and relationships to race, racism, racial power, and privilege; and/or racial injustices, inequity, powerlessness, and oppression which underlie ongoing intergenerational racial traumas and triggers.

  • Develop awareness and make connections about institutional, structural, systemic, systematic, and interpersonal racism (as White supremacy culture and anti-Blackness) its purposes and functionalities in our society; specifically within the organizations, institutions, and communities where we work and live.

  • Identify and analyze the impacts of race across a variety of different aspects of identity (referred to as intersectionality) – sex, gender, housing, unsheltered/homelessness status, education, economics, healthcare, outcomes, sexual orientation, etc.; and deepen understanding about the ways in which racism magnifies misfortune across intersections.

  • Make connections between the historical, current, and perpetual inequities and injustices that have been arranged by government-engineered processes, practices, and programs - which established and reinforced power, privilege, positionality/hierarchy, and belonging for White people, and powerlessness, oppression, and further marginalization of non-White people sometimes referred to as People of Color (POC); and the establishment of a unique oppression and marginalization Black people through structural, psychological, and cultural anti-Black racism (understanding color as the foundational key principle of race and racism in the United States and abroad).

  • Establish foundational and basic understanding about your personal biases and how they are linked to how we interact with different people from different communities and backgrounds with a racial/ethnic lens, and from that standpoint.

  • Build skills to combat explicit and implicit biases, stemming from racist perceptions, stigmas, and stereotypes to develop empathy for people who have different backgrounds and experiences.

  • Identify areas and opportunities where challenges prevent individuals from accepting and embracing feedback; and establish processes to develop and build capacity to hear from others about the perpetration racial harm.

  • Develop anti-racist policies, processes, practices, and programs to dismantle racial gaps and disparities in recruitment, hiring, pay, promotions, performance management, employee engagement and professional development, to retain and grow populations of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, and other people referred to as People of Color; facilitating, supporting, and ensuring the success of diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations.

“But all our phrasing—race relations, racial chasm, racial justice, racial profiling, white privilege, even white supremacy—serves to obscure that racism is a visceral experience, that it dislodges brains, blocks airways, rips muscle, extracts organs, cracks bones, breaks teeth. You must never look away from this. You must always remember that the sociology, the history, the economics, the graphs, the charts, the regressions all land, with great violence, upon the body.” 

― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

© 2020 by Dante King all rights reserved.

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