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  • Writer's pictureKerry Morrison

The Pandemic is Racism

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

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

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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