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5 Reasons I Refuse to Call Myself An ‘Ally’ – And Why I Use ‘Turncoat’ Instead

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To be an ally is to assist in other people’s struggle. To be a turncoat, one must acknowledge that their struggle is to foment insurrection within a privileged class. Oppression does not just happen to some people, it is systemic in part because privilege has been internalized and efforts to create equity are resisted. If we are to believe in social justice, in world free of oppression, it is not enough to simply support others; we must foment insurrection within ourselves, within our hearts and minds, upend our comfort and our privilege. Changing our language works to change our minds; and from there, anything is possible.

– Brett Goldberg

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