I found this blog via Jessie Lee (Gendercast) on Facebook, who posted a link to this article on ally-ship: You keep using that word ‘Ally’. I do not think it means what you think it means. It’s short and sweet and to the point and summed up a lot of the things I’ve been thinking around the topic lately. The gist is, being an ally is more than just sometimes talking the talk, it’s really putting yourself on the side of the oppressed and examining your own privilege and oppressive behaviors with a mind to changing yourself — not trying to change the other person.
Are you an ally? What is important to you in being an ally or in finding them? How do we educate the people around us about being allies? Remember that we all are in a position to both need allies and be allies to others.
I will be print this out and include it in my Pizza Klatch facilitator binder for a discussion on anti-oppression and ally-ship with the high schoolers in my group. Thanks to Asher for the post.
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