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This guide explores the causes and impacts of racism and how to be anti-racist.

Resources for Allies

Building True Allies - Nikki Silvestri


An ally, from the Latin verb meaning “to bind to,” is described as someone who supports disenfranchised and underrepresented groups of people within our own country (


How To Be An Ally


Allyship is an active, consistent, and arduous practice of unlearning and re-evaluating, in which a person in a position of privilege and power seeks to operate in solidarity with a marginalized group (The Anti-Oppression Network, PeerNetBC).

  • Allyship begins when a person of privilege seeks to support a marginalized group or individual 
  • Allyship is not an identity but rather it is a lifelong process of building relationships based on trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalized individuals and/or groups of people
  • Allyship is not self-defined meaning that our work and our efforts must be recognized by the people we seek to ally ourselves with.


5 Tips For Being An Ally


From the Guide to Allyship - How to be an ally is to: 

  1. Take on the struggle as your own 
  2. Transfer the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it.
  3. Amplify voices of the oppressed before your own.
  4. Acknowledge that even though you feel pain, the conversation is not about you.
  5. Stand up, even when you feel scared.
  6. Own your mistakes and de-center yourself.
  7. Understand that your education is up to you and no one else.


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Performative Allyship

Performative Allyship also called ally theater or optical allyship, is when a member of the majority or privileged group professes support and solidarity with a marginalized group in a way that either isn’t helpful or that actively harms that group. Performative allyship usually involves the “ally” receiving some kind of reward — on social media, it’s that virtual pat on the back for being a “good person” or “on the right side" (Phillips, H., 2020).


DELETE YOUR BLACK SQUARES! | A lesson on performative allyship


Turn Performative Wokeness Into Allyship


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