Dante King

Mission

Dante's mission is facilitating experiences for individuals and organizations to build capacity for valuing diversity; promoting equity and inclusion as the pathway to enhanced engagement and sustained success within an ever-changing society.

About the Work

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The primary focus of Dante's 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: 

  • Identify and understand racism as psychological, sociological, legal, and cultural as the main property and function of government/governance.

  • Examine racial sanctioning rooted in colorism, and the reasons racism was established and embedded into the legal, institutional, social, economic, and hierarchical fabric of U.S. culture.

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

  • Highlight racial inequalities and inequities through the realm of anti-Blackness, the experiences of non-White people, and White people, to examine the ways in which racial power and privilege, as well as racial powerlessness and dis-privilege impact the humanity of all individuals in a racialized society.   

  • Realize the views held by every individual are informed by a combination of many life experiences which are all unique and subjective.  Understand the views we all hold as individuals are not equal, fair, or neutral; and they can never be rendered or validated in that manner.

  • Make connections about the ways perceptions inform how people relate to, and/or treat people from similar or different racial and ethnic communities; examining both explicit and implicit biases.​

  • Develop awareness and make connections about institutional, structural, systemic, systematic, and interpersonal racism (as White supremacy culture and anti-Blackness culture) 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 identities (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.​

  • 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.  Establish  skills and processes to develop and build capacity to hear from others about the perpetration racial harm.

  • Incorporate racial justice, anti-racism, and racial and social equity into organizational change, including dismantling racial gaps and disparities in recruitment, hiring, pay, promotions, performance management, employee engagement and professional development, retention, and overall leadership competencies and abilities.

  • Focus on inclusivity and enhanced support of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian-Pacific Islander, and other people referred to as "People of Color".

 

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Bio

Dante King is a native of San Francisco. He is an author of the new book The 400-Year Holocaust: White America's Legal, Psychopathic, and Sociopathic Black Genocide and the Revolt Against Critical Race Theory. Dante is also a historian, scholar, thought-leader, facilitator, and coach. Dante has worked and consulted for more than 15-years as a human resource management professional specializing in the implementation of anti-racist practice, and organizational development and change.

 

Dante was previously Deputy Director for the San Francisco California Department of Public Health, where he led the development and implementation of workforce and health equity policies and programs. Dante has consulted and led antiracism courses for Stanford Medical School, Johns Hopkins, Mayo Clinic, and currently teaches a course through the UCSF School of Medicine called Understanding the Roots of Racism and Bias: Antiblackness and Its Links to Whiteness, White Racism, Privilege, and Power.

Education

Dante holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies, and a Masters degree in Education, from California State University, East Bay. He also possesses a Human Resources Management certification.

 

Dante has begun doctoral work in the area of Educational Leadership and Social Justice, with main focuses in challenging White supremacy and antiblackness, and their cumulative impacts on Black people.