Blessings and Happy #mlk Day! This is a good day to examine our actions and contributions to #equality in the world around us, so I'm sharing a few small tips that can begin or strengthen your path to #allyship
1. If someone says something racist, even if it’s “well intended” but ignorant #saysomething Remember that Silence is usually perceived as agreement.
A great way to deal with these moments is to ask questions
“How is that funny?” “How is this helpful?” “Do you honestly believe that?” “What is your source for this information?” Hold up a mirror and let them get a good look at their own behavior, they may not even realize they are being problematic.
2. Follow some non-white social justice writers on social media or vloggers on YouTube. Be prepared to be uncomfortable and learn to sit with it. One, you’ll learn a lot about important issues, and not at the expense of your POC pals. Two, hopefully, you’ll build #resilience to #whiteguilt , which will make you a much better #ally It’s fine to follow white writers too, just make sure your sources are #diverse
Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Francesca Raleigh/ MTV Decoded
3 Now that you’ve found some voices to listen to, #boostthesignal ! Share the articles and videos on your social media. Be sure to add a caption sharing a bit about what you learned or why the content is important.
4. Pay attention to your #language Ok good for you for not using the “N” word. Do you still refer to your messy bedhead as “nappy” or a low-quality item as “ghetto”? Be conscious in your word choice. When we no longer use racial (or gendered or ableist) terms to shorthand things we are required to be more precise in our language. Yay for brain exercise!
5. Start paying attention to how you respond to people when you’re out and about. Do you smile at others that look like you? Do you tend to look away from POC, folks with disabilities, Muslim women in Hijab? #Smile and make #eyecontact with people different than you! Seriously, I believe this simple act could be a world changer (go ahead and call me a peacenik, dirt worshipping hippie).