Being an ally means that you are willing to act with and for others in pursuit of ending oppression and creating equality. You are…

  1. taking on the struggle as your own
  2. standing up, even when you feel scared
  3. transferring the benefits of your privilege to those who lack it
  4. acknowledging that while you too feel pain, the conversation is not about you

Allies are necessary, but it takes a lot of work to be an ally. By being an ally, you must be prepared to own your mistakes and acknowledge that you might make missteps along the way. Below, I have listed a few ways to be an ally.

  1. Check in on your black friends, family, partners, loved ones, and colleagues
  2. Be prepared to do the work
  3. Read up on antiracist works
  4. Donate to funds and support initiatives
  5. Do not center the narrative around yourself
  6. Keep supporting after the outrage
  7. Stop supporting organizations that promote hate

Originally published June 7