White allyship, though it may sound difficult, is a key part of the fight against white supremacy. To learn more about how white people can contribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, Mic spoke to Heather Cronk, the interim co-director of Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of groups and individuals that organizes white people in the fight for racial justice.
There is a clear place for white people in this movement.
Many white people Cronk encounters feel like the movement for black lives is “not for them” and that they “don’t see themselves in it,” she said. But, that’s simply not true.
“There’s a clear role for white folks to play as part of a multiracial movement for racial justice,” Cronk said in a phone interview.
“Undermining and disentangling ourselves from white supremacy is something that benefits white people in addition to benefitting folks of color."
But, Cronk stressed, "part of the work is trusting black leadership” to direct white allies in ways that are helpful to the movement.
Cronk laid out a few easy ways for white people to start finding their place in the movement:
Namely donating to a black-led organization and staying informed about the Black Lives Matter movement by reading works from writers of color.
Start with deepening your relationships with black people and other people of color.
White people must also work on their relationships with people of color, especially organizers.
“One of the most important things you can do as a white person is to build deep relationships with folks of color who you know but haven’t had this relationship with or are doing organizing work in your community,” Cronk said.
“That’s far more authentic than saying ‘I’m ready to do work now’ but not having relational context to that work. Being in deep and accountable relationships is essential to the work.”
While it may be uncomfortable to broach topics like police brutality with your friends of color, white people have to get past their own fears.
“Systems of oppression rely on silence in order to exist,” Cronk said. “It’s important to have that conversation rather than not have it, even if that means you tumble all over yourself and you look awkward."
But don’t rely on your friends of color to educate you.
People of color often take on the emotional labor of racism, but not every person of color is willing to do educate white people about racism.
In that case, Cronk says, if you want to have talks about race with black friends, you should ask for their consent first and let them know that the conversation can be on their terms.
Talking about racism at the holiday dinner table may be difficult, but it has to be done.
It’s important for white people to engage in anti-racist work to "come out” to their family and friends as people who are trying to fight white supremacy, as allies to black people and people of color.
“White folks who want to show solidarity with folks of color, yes you have to come out as being an anti-racist white person, and part of that is not opting out of that when it feels like it might be tough,” Cronk said. “That’s the privilege that allies to oppressed communities have.”
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Adam thinking of Ronan’s crush on him, “See, Adam Parrish is wantable, worthy of a crush, not just by anyone, someone like Ronan, who could want Gansey or anyone else and chose Adam for his hungry eyes.”
“You want to see what i’m working on?” Ronan asked. All casual. “Sure,” Adam replied. All Casual.
“Unframed prints were tacked to the walls - a flier for some Irish folk band playing in New York; a vintage print of some children running on a faraway, older pier in a faraway, older country. It was so different from what Adam’s father had pinned to his work-space walls that again Adam considered Ronan’s admiration of him. Someone like him treating someone like Adam as someone worthy-”
The whole Day At the Barns, honestly.
In the Barns Chapter, Adam (current narrator) mentions Ronan’s eyelashes like ten different times like get a fucking grip, Adam
““Blah blah blah. Right, I know. Hey, look at that,” Ronan said. The two of them observed a beautiful woman standing by the garden section, attended by three male store workers. Her cart was full of tarps and hedge trimmers and various things that looked as if they might be easily weaponized. The men held shovels and flagpoles that didn’t fit in the cart. They seemed very eager to help. It was Piper Greenmantle. Adam said wryly, “She doesn’t strike me as your type.”
the part where Ronan pushes Adam around in the grocery cart and crashes them both into the BMW
the part where he breaks into Adam’s car to leave him lotion for his chapped hands, even after they’ve just fought.
“The scent of Cabeswater, all trees after rain, drifted past Adam, and he realized that while he’d been looking at Ronan, Ronan had been looking at him.”
“It was possible that there were two gods in this church.”
Ronan leaving Adam a mixtape titled: “PARRISH’S HONDOYOTA ALONE TIME”
This happened. I don’t play Reinhardt often but I happened to have a good game.
When solo queuing, I’ve NEVER heard a female voice on the teamchat, and I’m not surprised. Keeping quiet means less chance of being harassed, hit on, or treated differently in general. It is kinda funny when folks playing assume everyone on their team must naturally be a dude though.
If I was braver I’d voicechat on solo queue. Someday.
O’ course if you’d rather read this as being Rein’s a transwoman and hasn’t transitioned/kept the beard, that’s ok too.
I don’t think that this is the moment for people in other countries to go on their “we’re better than the US” spiel. There isn’t really a Western European country who’s history isn’t as blood soaked as the U.S. so it would be nice if folks didn’t try to posture.
Me, on New Edition before watching 'The New Edition Story':
"NE is a pretty cool group that I liked a lot when I was little."
Me, on New Edition after watching 'The New Edition Story':
"New Edition is the greatest group of all time, the original boyband, severely underrated. They deserve only good things and everyone should pay homage to them. Every last one of their songs are legendary."
you know, people are laughing over how pence went to go see a musical that stars a gay man of color and let me just remind you that white people have always loved for us to entertain them. remember the days where Black folk would play in jazz bars but only white people (and depending on the club, Black folk who could pass the Paper Bag Test) were allowed in.
he’s not offended in the least. especially when the musical is about the founding fathers, y’know, slave owners.