In order to collapse oppressive systems in the US, it takes more than just the people who are most affected by social injustices to care. It takes more than one donation or a single day of protesting to make change happen.
1.What is an ally?
2.Have you centered any issues concerning racial injustice around yourself with a narrative about your own feelings?
3.How do you contribute to, benefit from, and tolerate oppressive systems?
4.Have you ever asked or expected people from marginalized groups to "show you" how to be a good ally?
5.Can you accept that you will make and have made mistakes?
6.Do you understand that the work of an ally doesn't stop, even when things get difficult?
7.Will you call people out when someone says or does something ignorant and problematic?
8.Are you ready to fully listen?
9.Have you gone beyond "performing allyship" for others/for social media/to mediate your own guilt?
10.Have you donated to social justice organizations?
11.Do you understand that you'll never know how it feels to be the oppressed group you are supporting?
12.Have you used your voice to amplify what marginalized people have said?
13.And finally, do you realize that wanting to help isn't enough and that taking action is necessary to be an ally?
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