Be An Action-Oriented Ally to Black People…

Four things you can do to step up your game as an ally.

Melissa A. Matthews
Woman’s Rant


A couple of weeks ago, I published two articles about why, as a Black woman, I do not consider myself a feminist: I Can’t Be A Feminist, I’m A Black Woman Part 1 and Part 2. If I am completely honest, what it boils down to is a lot of White people — White women — not knowing how to show up or be an effective ally for Black people.

Usually, teaching White people how to use their privilege to help others is not a task that falls within my wheelhouse. However, this week, I came across some great examples of people who have managed to find ways to be good allies and I thought I’d be remiss not to share them.

First things, first

Before we get into strategies to being a good ally let’s set a baseline. According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, the definition of the word ally is:



al·​ly | \ ˈa-ˌlī , ə-ˈlī \

plural allies

: one that is associated with another as a helper: a person or group that provides assistance and support in an ongoing effort, activity, or struggle political ally.

— often now used specifically of a person who is not a member of a marginalized or mistreated group but who expresses or gives support to that group.

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