Being non-racist means that you’re not doing anything racist, but you’re also not doing anything to interrupt racism. Being anti-racist means that you’re working against racism, both within yourself and society.
A lot of non-racists think that they’re doing something by not calling black folks the n-word. That’s great, but are you also doing the work to make sure that you and your fellow white people are actually safe for black folks?
Anti-racists don’t see themselves as having completed anything. They realize that they will have to work and dig deep in order to separate themselves from white supremacy. They realize that white supremacy isn’t some ethereal, nebulous force but that it is well defined and resides both within them and in the structures of our society.
Being non-racist is a position of oppression because it prides itself on what it isn’t rather than working toward substantive change.