A White Ally actively supports racial equality by using their white privilege to speak out, stand up, and create change.
Even though we have civil rights protections in place, people of color experience racism and inequality, whether at work, at school, on the street, or in the store, every single day.Cloaked in white skin, we don’t experience these same prejudices. It’s not our fault, but it is white privilege. We don’t automatically get followed by security in department stores. We don’t have to teach our sons about police profiling and brutality. We can wear hoodies, and walk freely about nice neighborhoods without worry of harassment. Our resumes don’t get discarded because our names sound “too black.”
Saying that we aren’t racist is no longer enough.
To heal our society, we need to educate ourselves and other white people on institutional and systemic racism and use our privilege as white allies as a positive force for true societal change. This is our problem, too. Let’s face it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s change it.
Together, we can create a world where everyone experiences truly equal treatment and the same opportunities, no matter the color of his or her skin.