Overcoming Racism provides training and consulting services to help guide schools and teachers through the process of developing anti-racist educators.
Matthew Kincaid attended his first anti-racism workshop when he was fourteen years old. At the time he did not realize how profound of an impact it would have on his life.
For him, studying anti-racism has answered a lot of questions, primarily the question of difference. Since the founding of this country, which has grown to be notably diverse, we have struggled with what to do with difference. How do we view our differences as an asset, instead of something to ignore or fear. In leading race and equity workshops for over fifteen years, Kincaid has found that our fear of embracing differences often paralyzes our ability to have productive working and social relationships with people who are different than us. He founded Overcoming Racism because through his race and equity work, he has been able to envision a world where our differences do not divide us, they don’t limit the potential of some, or enhance the potential of others, they don’t cause us to fear or distrust.
Instead, he sees a world where we utilize our diversity in our families, workplaces, schools and communities to create a society that elevates us all. Creating this reality takes work, though, it takes education, it takes personal investment and introspection. Overcoming Racism seeks to make this process accessible to all people. The business works as a guide leading individuals and entities through the process of living more equitable lives and creating more equitable communities. At age fourteen Kincaid learned that fear is not stronger than fair, at least it doesn’t have to be.
Matthew Kincaid has led anti-racism work for over fifteen years. He has also been involved in activism for his entire life. In addition to his work with Overcoming Racism, Matthew Kincaid has also served as a social studies teacher and school administrator in New Orleans, LA.