How to Easily be a White Ally to Marginalized Communities
Christopher Keelty
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In a different article, actually a series of tweets, I read a different way to deal with someone who is saying racist things. Saying “You’re a racist” will probably set off a No I’m Not-Yes You Are argument. When that happens then you can say “Well what you said is racist, so stop saying that if you don’t want to sound racist.”. Or just start off with saying “That’s a racist thing to say”. And if the ‘but I have a black friend’ argument comes up, a response could be, “Then don’t say racist things that you wouldn’t say if your friend were here” or “Then your friend would find that offensive”. Or “I’d like to )continue what you were doing together) but I can’t if you continue to talk that way. I think saying “What the Hell’s the matter with you” might not be specific enough to have the right impact. The person could be acting like a jerk in a variety of ways. Few white people consider themselves racist, but we all say racist things occasionally, even the most ‘woke’ among us because that’s the air we breathe. This method works even then by taking the accusation, which automatically triggers defensiveness) away. I found the source on Storify. She says it much better than I can. Also, I think practicing mentally what you would say is important. Have a script so you don’t have to think in the moment. https://storify.com/readingtheend/how-to-be-an-ally

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