Antibigotry Convening

The BU Center for Antiracist Research is facilitating an Antibigotry Convening that aims to define bigotry in structural terms, examine the ways that structural bigotry harms diverse communities, generate an antibigotry policy report, and motivate an antibigotry movement. The project will involve a series of virtual workshops in the Fall of 2021, and will culminate in a virtual symposium in May of 2022. The Antibigotry Convening is funded by the Ford Foundation.

The Vision
The vision for the Antibigotry Convening Project is to work to end all forms of bigotry in the United States. We firmly believe in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s declaration that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.” Accordingly, we cannot achieve the Center’s mission to expose and upend racism, without also working to expose and upend all forms of bigotry.

We view bigotry as the outward manifestation of structures and policies that collectively serve to benefit insiders and entrench their power. Insiders are groups which have been traditionally privileged based on factors including: race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ability, physicality, linguistic usage, immigration, class, age, and other characteristics. We believe the entrenchment and perpetuation of power in insiders helps fuel individual acts of bigotry. By focusing on root causes instead of individual behavior (i.e., “bad apples”), intolerance, and ignorance, we can identify interventions that will mitigate and begin to eliminate multiform bigotry.

The Mission
The mission of the Center’s Antibigotry Convening Project is to facilitate collaboration among advocates and scholars to (1) define bigotry in structural and systemic terms, (2) examine, through data and story collection, the ways that bigotry infringes upon the liberties, dignity, and opportunities of harmed communities and individuals; (3) develop a transformative narrative of antibigotry to become a galvanizing concept (like antiracism); (4) prompt an antibigotry movement and an era of broad, intersectional equity, and (5) generate an antibigotry policy report and resolution.

Meet the Antibigotry Convening Fellows