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 have essentially erased white men as a way of masking their privilege. When we think of race, we rarely think white. When we think of gender, we think of women. When we think of sexuality, we think of homosexuality. The dominant class is erased, and therefore their privilege veiled. Becoming a good ally requires self-awareness and reflection, asking tough questions of oneself, and an openness to truly listening to the experiences of oppressed peoples. Thanks to The Angry Black Woman for providing this primer for allies that can be applied to pretty much any everyday situation.
– Brett Goldberg
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