Does your organization really want to end anti-Black racism? 4 ways to tell

PERFORMATIVE ALLYSHIP IS DANGEROUS

DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE AN ALLY? PROVE IT.

1 — PROMOTE, MENTOR, AND RETAIN BLACK EMPLOYEES

2 — SUPPORT EMPLOYEES WHO SPEAK OUT AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

3 — BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU INTEND TO CHANGE

4 — BE HUMBLE AND GET UNCOMFORTABLE

  • Listen, listen, and listen some more.
  • Don’t make assumptions. If you aren’t sure how to help, ask.
  • When you learn something is insensitive or offensive, stop saying or doing it. If you witness that behaviour from others, call it out.
  • If you are in a position of privilege, acknowledge it, and use it to help colleagues who may not have enjoyed the same advantages.
  • Do not speak for others and do not grandstand. Authentic allyship is humble and sincere.

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