20 Things You Can Do As An Ally Right Now

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Hey there, are you a white person wondering what to do as an ally for Black people right now? A lot of my white friends have been asking, you’re not alone. I’ve received several questions from friends wanting to do something so I thought I’d compile these all on one place.

This is the work that needs to happen y’all. Please take action.

First off: don’t get analysis paralysis. It’s overwhelming, I know. It’s a big problem: correcting systemic racism. But the thing is, we all have a role to play, and nothing changes until we create change. Start by taking one action. Then take another, then another.

Please remember that silence is complicity.

“The opposite of racist isn’t ‘not racist.’ It is ‘anti-racist.’ …One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an anti-racist. There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’”― Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

When you are silent and do nothing, you are continuing to benefit from systemic racism by accepting the unfair privilege you have received in your life, and throughout several generations. So — it’s up to us to do the work. Let’s do it.

You have to find your own tools for creating change. Here are some things I’m doing, along with a few more suggestions.

No matter what, please do something. Start somewhere.

Twenty things you can do as an ally right now

Please note that all this is from my own white perspective. I’ve been doing this work for a while, but I am still white and not an authority on lived Black experiences. So make sure you ask Black people what they need before creating a new program or project, never assume what they need. Make sure you’re never a “white savior,” that all the work you do is in service, that your work is amplifying/elevating/promoting Black people, and is correcting centuries of historical oppression and privilege.

Black friends and colleagues, I love you, I’m thinking about you, and I commit to doing the work to create change. If you have suggestions for better ways allies can help I’d love to know them (not an ask just an invitation). Love you, you matter very much.

More Reading:

Airtable list of resources for allies from Albrey Brown

Anti-racism Guide from Alonzo Felix

Please add more resources in the comments — would love to know what else you’re finding helpful!

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