Share this: Some Hard Truths and Ally Resources

It is not the job of the oppressed to educate the oppressors. Your white guilt, cisgender guilt, heterosexual guilt, male fragility, etc. is not the responsibility of your friends of color, your LGBTQ friends, your woman-identified friends. Your marginalized friends have a lot of their own bullshit to deal with right now and always.

I’ve been hearing a number of non-black people in my life who identify as allies say that they don’t know what to say or what to do to show their support. So they say and do nothing.

Part of me gets this. But most of me says that is the shittiest excuse I’ve heard in quite a while.

Growing up, I was not allowed to say “I don’t know” unless I tried to find the answer on my own first. There was no internet. My grandmother made me look in dictionaries, phone books, encyclopedias, and the library before I was allowed to say I didn’t know something.

We are adults and we have the internet, people. If anyone is ignorant about pretty much anything, it’s because they are keeping themselves ignorant (out of laziness, out of fear, out of whatever). You can search online for what to do as allies. Google it. Bing it. Duck Duck Go it. I don’t care.

But here, let me give you even more reason to not give your marginalized people shitty excuses any more. I have put on my librarian glasses and below are a bunch of resources so you don’t even have to search. Read these resources, there are also resources for LGBTQ allies and feminist allies but honestly, if you’re not all 3 you need to learn about intersectionality before you talk to me anymore. I’m tired. Share the link to this blog post on whatever social media and forums you are on.

On a personal level, I appreciate the check-ins and I appreciate the listening, but your silence does nothing. Especially when I see you post freely about women’s rights, rape culture, LGBTQ rights but when another person that looks like me gets murdered and I hear crickets? That feels shitty.

RESOURCE LIST. READ THE LINKS. EDUCATE YOURSELF. STOP BEING LAZY.

  1. https://kneesockchronicles.com/2016/07/09/while-being-an-ally-dont-forget-to-be-a-friend/
  2. http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/
  3. http://www.daa.org.uk/uploads/pdf/How%20to%20be%20an%20Ally.pdf
  4. https://www.glaad.org/resources/ally/2
  5. http://www.scn.org/friends/ally.html
  6. http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies
  7. http://www.adl.org/assets/pdf/education-outreach/Be-an-Ally-Six-Ways-online-version.pdf
  8. http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/ferguson_how_white_people_can_be_allies/
  9. https://www.buzzfeed.com/anotherround/how-to-be-a-better-ally-an-open-letter-to-white-folks?utm_term=.yfYqdmrWD#.byZqR5zWP
  10. http://www.salon.com/2016/07/08/how_to_be_a_white_ally_fighting_racism_is_your_responsibility_start_now/
  11. http://www.becominganally.ca/Becoming_an_Ally/Home.html
  12. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/sola-fide/481371/
  13. http://mashable.com/2016/01/10/ally-to-people-of-color/#bIzEP70CtPq3
  14. http://theangryblackwoman.com/2009/10/01/the-dos-and-donts-of-being-a-good-ally/
  15. And finally, a Twitter thread on how to be an ally:

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