USE YOUR WHITE PRIVILEGE
- •White privilege can be used for good. Before you can use it, though, you have to recognize it.Privilege is invisible to the privileged. Realize how your life is affected by your whiteness. An important piece on this is Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack." https://www.deanza.edu/faculty/lewisjulie/White%20Priviledge%20Unpacking%20the%20Invisible%20Knapsack.pdf
- •Stay educatedYou will never truly understand the experience of a person of color, so don't act like you do. But it's important that you always try to learn and understand as much as possible.
- •In trying to educate yourself, make sure that you're learning from actual people of colorAny well-intentioned piece can be important. But if all of the literature you're reading about racism is written by white people, you should reevaluate. Elevate the voices of the marginalized groups that you stand with.
- •Don't just be an ally on Facebook, be an ally everywhere, all the time.This ranges from small, seemingly inconsequential things to large and important things. If you hear a fucked up joke, tell the person it's fucked up. If you witness mistreatment of a POC by a white person, step in. This is an important video on stepping in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTvU7uUgjUI
- •Be an observant bystanderE.g., I was once driving with a friend and saw a woman of color being pulled over by two police officers. We didn't know why there needed to be two cops for a simple traffic violation, and it was around the time of Sandra Bland. We were sketched out, so we pulled over and watched. There are countless stories of people doing this, or something like this. It's allowed and encouraged. Make police accountable and force them to act right.
- •Don't make this movement about yourselfIt's not about you.