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
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.