Racist people are not “total monsters.” Here’s what they are. | Chloé Valdary

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Chloé Valdary shares 3 rules for effective anti-racism.

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Chloé Valdary’s Theory of Enchantment offers a fresh perspective on anti-racism, shifting the focus from rigid identity categories to a deeper understanding of human experiences.

The theory emphasizes three core principles: treating people as human beings rather than political abstractions, criticizing to uplift and empower, and anchoring actions in love and compassion. By acknowledging the inner struggles and complexities that drive individual racism, Valdary encourages self-awareness to promote more thoughtful and compassionate interactions with others.

Through this framework, the Theory of Enchantment aims to foster positive change by addressing the pain, suffering, and confusion that underlie racism and promoting a more empathetic and inclusive society.

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About Chloé Valdary:
After spending a year as a Bartley fellow at the Wall Street Journal, Chloé Valdary developed The Theory of Enchantment, an innovative framework for compassionate antiracism that combines social emotional learning (SEL), character development, and interpersonal growth as tools for leadership development in the boardroom and beyond.

Chloé has trained around the world, including in South Africa, The Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. Her clients have included high school and college students, government agencies, business teams, + many more.

She has also lectured in universities across America, including Harvard and Georgetown. Her work has been covered in Psychology Today Magazine and her writings have appeared in the New York Times and the Wall St Journal.

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