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Race, Class and Ethics: How to be an Ally

Allyship

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” — Elie Wiesel

Your hashtags, black squares, and outrage posts are more often than not signifiers of performative allyship 

  • Performative allyship is when an individual from a majority group proclaims allyship or support but their support is either ineffective, bolsters their own voice instead of others, or actively harms the group 

                                        > This may look like : 

                                              Social media rants- these focus on your outrage and feelings and isn't meaningful or comforting to marginalized                                                            communities. Share the rants and stories directly from marginalized voices, these are the voices that need to be                                                            amplified 

                                                Asking your queer, disabled, Native American, Black, etc. friend to explain or educate:

                                          

  • An ally donates their money, time, resources, voice, and comfort for the cause