Thoughtful Ways to be an Ally
7 thoughtful ways to be an ally to Native Americans on Thanksgiving (and beyond)
The story behind Thanksgiving is one that has been twisted into fairy tale.
The real history of Thanksgiving is one of disease and enslavement demolishing indigenous populations. Europeans came to what is now the state of Connecticut and killed 700 indigenous people during their annual Green Corn Festival, which was their Thanksgiving, in 1637.
The slaughter, according to the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at the time of the killings, called for a true “day of Thanksgiving.”
5 initial ways you can be a better ally to people of color
Communities of color continue to fight every day against racism, and heal from the effects it has had on their lives. Great allies can support them, however, and help dismantle the ways in which our institutions and culture are deeply rooted in oppression.
In the traditional sense, allies are partners with equal resources who choose to work in tandem for mutual benefit. But when it comes to racial justice, this definition cannot stand — communities of color do not have equal resources, and white allies will not gain the same benefits. As a result, it can be difficult to figure out how to be the best ally you can be.
6 ways allies still marginalize people of color — and what to do instead
Talking about race isn’t easy, especially as your conversations surrounding the topic grow deeper and more complex.
It’s simple to point out overt racism, but confronting the subtle ways people of color are marginalized, even when you’re an ally or racial justice advocate, can be challenging.
6 initial ways you can be a better ally to undocumented immigrants https://mashable.com/2016/05/15/undocumented-immigrants-allies/
Undocumented immigrants face many obstacles — and to overcome them, they need strong allies.
As of 2014, an estimated total of 42.4 million immigrants live in the United States, 11.4 million of whom are undocumented. Language barriers, access to health care, education, finding employment and securing housing are only a few of the many issues most immigrants face, all in addition to widespread xenophobia.
7 ways to be a better ally to transgender women of color https://mashable.com/2016/06/12/transgender-women-of-color-ally/
We need to talk about inequality in equality movements.
It’s an unexpected problem, and one that is especially present in the push for LGBTQ rights. The LGBTQ movement has long been critiqued for focusing on white gay men above all others. Anyone deviating from that description often experiences tension in a movement that claims to include but commonly excludes them.