These things don’t happen in a day.
The same goes for being a good ally. It takes more than one blacked out social post to transfer the benefits of our privilege to those that don’t have it.
It takes learning and unlearning, everyday.
Because we all have the potential to be an ally.
- Choose to take on the struggle as our own;
- Stand up, especially when we feel scared. (See something, say something, do something);
- Acknowledge that even though we might feel confused, left out, whatever, these conversations are not about us and we cannot understand what it’s like to be oppressed;
- Read more written by people whom these conversations are actually about, and for;
- Research to really understand the history of the struggle that we're participating in;
- Audit the elected officials we've voted for in the past. Use a critical lens. How have they voted? What is their record? Don’t compromise. If they’re paying lip service to equality - socially, culturally, racially, economically - vote their asses out.
- Choose to support someone, instead of choosing to tell them we support them (there’s a difference);
- Learn to listen and accept criticism, especially when it takes us from our comfort zone;
- Notice differently. Research what white privilege is about, then evaluate and make a list of how it shows up in your life.
- (And so many more we don’t even know about because of our invisible bubbles and echo chambers).
This post was written and edited by people of privilege who don’t yet know any better. But we want to.
In light of recent tragedies and centuries of systemic, institutional discrimination - the one thing that’s crystal clear in this moment is that we can all be better allies.