“Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together”

The new book by Our Human Family

Clay Rivers
Our Human Family
Published in
3 min readOct 2, 2020

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“Fieldnotes on Allyship,” the new book by Our Human Family.

The Recap

In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, people are speaking out against systemic racism and the killing of Black Americans by law enforcement officers. Unprecedented numbers of people—of all demographics—are participating in peaceful marches and demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter across the country. There are many more who want to get involved, but demonstrations are not an option. And they’re unsure what to do.

The Book

Fieldnotes on Allyship: Achieving Equality Together is an informal and informative guide to becoming an effective ally and covers four areas: 1) how we as a nation got here, 2) identifying the forces that maintain systemic racism, 3) preparing to be an ally, and 4) serving as an ally.

The Concept

Fieldnotes on Allyship is rooted in research scientists’ practice of taking notes on phenomenon they study while out in the field. These fieldnotes are then used as evidence to aid understanding. Ours isn’t an academic or theoretical book. This collection of real-world observations informs people:

  1. that embracing a more equitable worldview is possible, and
  2. shows them how to support the movement.

The Details

Fieldnotes on Allyship is an anthology by eighteen authors from the United States and around the world. They include anti-racism activists, authors, anthropologists, artists, a Masters Athlete, college professors, retired Navy, a lawyer, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, sisters, and brothers, all of various ethnicities. Fieldnotes on Allyship is the first collaborative effort of your friends at OHF. The writers include:

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Clay Rivers
Our Human Family

Artist, author, accidental activist, & EIC Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family) and OHF Weekly (https://www.ohfweekly.org) Twitter: @clayrivers