• Kerry Morrison

The Pandemic is Racism

Updated: Jun 27

May 25, 2020,

Lynched on the ground, in public

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man,

Murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By 4 white policemen


TheTools for Liberation Packet for Anti-Racist Activists, Allies, & Critical Thinkers,

lists the Qualities Of An Anti-Racist Ally:

  • Identifies and names racism directly. 


  • Takes the front line as a buffer; not as a ‘savior.’ 


  • Recognizes that remaining silent, “neutral” or “objective” can be a form of race privilege. 


  • Takes responsibility for self-education and doesn’t expect POC to teach them.

  • Cultivates genuine relationships with people of color that are mutually beneficial. 


  • Is hyper-vigilant about interrupting racism, but is not hyper-arrogant about being a “white ally.” 


  • Struggles every day with understanding and undoing aspects of their own privilege. 


  • Works regularly to develop a deeper understanding of ongoing colonial relationships. 


  • Understands that people of color’s experiences of racism is not debatable. 


  • Doesn’t require people of color to display proof of racist injury. 


  • Knows that people of color are the experts of their own experiences. 


  • Acts in solidarity with people of color without taking over their liberation efforts. 


  • Doesn’t expect gratitude from people of color, or to be recognized as a white ally. 


  • Takes on racism as a problem because it is personally offensive. 


  • Is motivated by a quest for justice, rather than a sense of guilt. 


  • Open to, and invites challenge. Expects support and accountability from other emerging allies. 


  • Unconditionally opposes oppression with no strings attached. 


  • Accepts that making mistakes is part of becoming an effective ally. 


  • Acknowledges, apologizes for, and learns from own mistakes without retreating. 


  • Interrupts racist statements or behaviors whether or not a person of color is present or objects. 


  • Participates respectfully in communities of color and avoids “cultural tourism.” 


  • Is committed to social justice and an end to oppression in all its forms. 




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