Rabble: White allyship: When to step back and when to step up

Many of us are still reeling from last week’s grand jury decision on the murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO…

…The question of white and non-black allyship is definitely one that needs to be asked, scrutinized and analyzed, especially during times when healing and empowerment are an absolute must.

When a white or non-black person makes a long and impassioned status on Facebook about Ferguson and racial injustice, it doesn’t always mean it comes from a place of true allyship…

…The last thing anyone needs right now is an onslaught of white guilt and desperation for approval.

Even publicly stating that you, as a white person, are going to defriend people who are “neutral” on Ferguson and therefore on the side of the oppressor doesn’t constitute proper allyship at all…

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