Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
The effects of racism are evident in the social, economic and government policies all around us and the places we live, learn, work and play. People can experience these effects in every social and political realm of their daily existence in what educator and community activist, Jeewan Chanicka, terms as “death by a thousand cuts”. This happens in frequent and unexpected ways that are dangerously normalized - when people of color take their children to school, when they apply for jobs, when they try to rent or buy a home, when they shop, when in leisure spaces, when driving, when interacting with the police, and increasingly, when going about their daily routines of living and working.
TRHT works to unearth and jettison deeply held, and sometimes unconscious, beliefs created by racism – the main one being the belief in a “hierarchy of human value.”
This absurd belief, which has fueled racism, conscious and unconscious bias throughout American cultures, is the perception of inferiority or superiority based on race, physical characteristics or place of origin. It is when we value one person more than another based on skin color or other physical, superficial characteristics and let those values affect the decisions we make each day in areas like policymaking, in job decisions, in how we teach children and adults – to name a few.