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On Making Black Lives Matter

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The role of “allies” has come into question recently as multiple murders of black men by police has resulted in high profile #BlackLivesMatter protests. Too often white folks depend on people of color, or women, or those in the queer community, to tell them what to do to be supportive, or burden them with the…

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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…

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Food For Thought: Becoming an Ally to Oppressed People

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Listen more than you speak. Reflect on what oppressed people say. Speak up against oppression. Becoming an ally is an important step in undoing cultures of oppression. Thanks to Anne Bishop for compiling this list on steps people of privilege can take to support oppressed people and work to end oppression. – Brett Goldberg Read…

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35 Practical Steps Men Can Take To Support Feminism

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Feminism is for, and benefits, everyone. That is also to say that if you aren’t part of the solution of dismantling patriarchy, then you are part of the problem of upholding sexist and oppressive institutions. This article provides tangible, real-world, and practical tips on how to further feminist efforts; recognizing and checking one’s privileges in…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally

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The first step in working to undo systems of oppression is to recognize the ways in which we benefit from the system, or are given a place of unearned privilege based on our race, gender identity, sexual orientation, etc. White straight men are dealt a pretty hefty stack of cards upon their birth. Societal norms…

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