Theory of Change

Crossroads’ theory of change believes the shaping of sustainable, resilient, and diverse communities and institutions that are accountable to communities of color can repair society and restore creation. 

Our theory of change begins with understanding the root of the problem is white supremacy, enshrined in and reproduced by our systems and institutions. White supremacy produces a culture of domination that conditions systems, institutions, and people to uphold and legitimize whiteness and its ways as normal, standard, moral, and universal. This conditioning disproportionately harms people of color, normalizing a culture of violence, and disproportionately advantages white people. It harms all life on earth by the violence of commodification. We understand white supremacy is broad, encompassing many manifestations of oppression, and we approach our antiracism work intersectionally. 

Disrupting white supremacy requires interventions on structural, cultural, and individual levels. We believe the intervention with the greatest potential is the ongoing work of antiracism. Antiracism is the strategic intervention that cultivates ways of being and thinking that seek the dismantling of institutional and cultural practices that uphold white supremacy culture and systemic racism.

Crossroads identifies a primary locus of change as institutions and systems. In the United States, institutions and systems were created in partnership with legitimation of white supremacy and dominance, codifying a white supremacist worldview of bodies and the earth as primarily resources to be made into capital and entities to be controlled. Institutions and systems condition all people to sustain white supremacy. 

Our theory of change is that antiracist transformation of institutions and systems can begin through understanding how they participate in and are integral to white supremacy, and providing spaces of reflection for individuals to interrupt behaviors that sustain white supremacy culture. The next step is to cultivate the conditions for necessary cultural shifts inside of institutions to create norms around equity and antiracism. Making the system accountable requires deep ongoing engagement and humanizes all participants. This identity transformation helps institutionalize accountability to People of Color and other socially oppressed groups, by rearranging power differently.