During this historical moment, during the time of #BlackLivesMatter, during Pride season, there is a role that white and non-Black allies must play in supporting the movement for racial justice. Here are some practical and accessible tips for considering our individual and collective responsibilities to further the work of dismantling white supremacy.
-Be an accomplice, not an ally.
-Use your privilege to call other white and non-Black folks into conversations about confronting white supremacy within ourselves, relationships, movements, organizations.
-Challenge your notion of safe spaces.
-Realize that real radical change begins at home.
-Commit to considering your participation in racism, anti-Blackness, settler colonialism, and xenophobia.
-Stop saying "all lives matter". Realize why this is not a fair statement. Recognize that all lives WILL matter only WHEN Black lives matter.
-Speak out publicly about racism.
-Stop relying on BIPOC folks to educate you.
-Organize reading groups, discussion spaces, peer support for other non-Black peers. Engage your community in action for racial justice.
-Give money to the BIPOC initiatives in your community. Fund their leadership.
-Ask yourself what you were taught about the police. If you were taught to consider them your friend/protector, ask yourself why.
-Remember that Pride is a movement that was started by Black transwomen in resistance to police brutality and State surveillance. By centring/defending police presence in parades and communities, we are ignoring a legacy and continuum of violence.
-Change is growth and growth is necessary.
-Pride has and always will be political.
"I don’t believe in allies; I believe in the decolonizing power of solidarity."
The staff and board of the South House