WOC & Allies

Articles on Allyship

100 Ways White People Can Make Life Less Frustrating For People of Color 
Just a few suggestions to start with. 
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100. And remember: Being an ally is a verb, not a noun. You can’t just magically be an ally to people of color because you say you’re one, it’s something that you must continually work on.

Allies: Your Silence is Violence
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ALLY is a verb. Take action or you will find that you are not just failing the movement but perpetuating the violence with your silence.

Which Fake Ally Are You?
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We’re tired of dealing with white people who steal the title of ally. And we’re even more tired of trying to explain to them why they’re not on our side and don’t deserve to be called allies. So, wanna-be allies, do your own work. Figure out if you’re a fake ally by admitting to yourself which story fits your narrative. And fix yourself. Stop asking us to validate you. Stop asking us to educate you. Stop being lazy. Do better. If you wanna be a true ally, do the damn work.

So … You Call Yourself an Ally
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Let me be crystal clear. You are not an ally. You are simply a lurker. You’re sitting on the sidelines watching everything and hoping that somebody else steps in to do the work. Because you’re busy. You have a family. You have a life. They need you. When would you possibly have time to do anything?

How to Be a Feminist Who is White (*Not a “White Feminist”)
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Feminism 101 says that a good feminist should consider all of the socioeconomic aspects of identities when discussing nuanced ideas surrounding equity. We the oppressed often get so caught up with our own politicized bodies that we become ignorant to the bodies that carry more weight on their shoulders. If you’re sick of being called a white feminist a) ask yourself why you’re offended…

Q&A: How White Educators Can Move Beyond ‘White Fragility’
What Educators Can Do to Break the Status Quo of Racism
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We have been taught that racism means you are intentionally prejudiced against a group of people on race and intentionally want to do them harm. We hear it as, “I am a very bad person and want to do someone harm based on their race.” Most white people would be offended by that. I am looking at racism as a system that is infused and embedded across aspects of society, and asking white people to grapple with how this system has shaped us, and understand that we collude with that system regardless of our intentions.I also think there is guilt and a kind of moral trauma at the profound history of harm that our society has perpetrated toward people of color—African-Americans, in particular.It’s hard to look at what we’ve done: the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarcerations, executions of unarmed black people. We want to turn away from that and distance ourselves, rather than face it and take responsibility for it.


Antiracist Alliance

Checklist of Characteristics of Active Anti-racist Ally Behavior
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11 Things White People Can Do to Be Real Anti-Racist Allies
Kali Holloway (2015)
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11-Step Guide to Understanding Race, Racism, and White Privilege
Jon Greenberg (2017)
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Resources on Whiteness

White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women Studies
Peggy McIntosh (1988)
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White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Peggy McIntosh (1989)
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What Is White Privilege, Really?
Recognizing white privilege begins with truly understanding the term itself.
Cory Collins (2018)
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Undoing Racism Resources: Whiteness
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Whiteness and White Privilege
Racial Equity Tools
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Books


Websites

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor –> Ally –> Accomplice
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Teaching While White
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White Ally Toolkit
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White Nonsense Roundup
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Videos

White Ally Education: Shanna Johnson
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Podcasts

White Fragility- Part 1
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White Fragility- Part 2
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