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Alllyship: Anti-Racism

Adapted from call to action by Columbia School of Social Work student Miah Khan. Please also read BLM’s A Guide to Allyship 

 

Our modern day police departments started as slave patrols.

 

Our system has not “failed” to protect Black people because it was never designed to.

 

Racism and slavery did not end with the Emancipation of 1863 or the election of President Obama. It is very much alive and well. What action are you taking today?

 

Do not share videos or pictures of Black people being brutally murdered. It should not take brutality for us to act on empathy.

 

When sharing protest images/videos, block out protestor faces.

 

Black people have tried protesting peacefully, but there have been significant limits and challenges to success with this approach.

 

If you are a non-Black POC, be mindful to not compare or lump yourself in with the Black community/experience. It is not the same and never will be.

 

Optical allyship is “allyship that only serves at the surface level to platform the ‘ally,’ it makes a statement but doesn’t go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away from the systems of power that oppress”  --Latham Thomas

 

We are all racist or biased to some extent, but we can be anti-racist. This takes listening, learning, taking action, and speaking up (including to loved ones)

 

A guide to white supremacy to read and share:

 

A guide to white privilege to read and share:

 

How to check-in on your Black friends: https://www.instagram.com/p/CA2bjN8JWPf/

Photo by Koshu Kunii on Unsplash

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