Notes on Allyship: Information Pack for white people & non-white people of colour
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
Content Note / Trigger Warning:the post below focuses on recent events relating to police brutality in the US and race relations generally. If that is triggering content but you’re interested in seeing some of the lists of resources we’ve compiled, please click here. Scroll through the contents below or send us a message @empowerhervoice (Instagram) if you would like more detailed information regarding what the different sections of this document contain.
At EHV, we have been discussing the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Belly Mujinga and countless others. We have been thinking about how we as an organisation can educate ourselves, collectively and individually, about our levels of privilege and how to be better allies as white people and non-black people of colour.
Even the fact that we are able to put together this document and have a platform to share it on requires us to have a huge amount of privilege - and we’re hoping to assess what that means, how best we can use it and really interrogate our own internal biases. We wrote this document as white women and non-black women of colour, and recognise that it is categorically not our voices that should be centred on this topic, but choosing to remain silent makes us complicit.
We were really inspired by this document put together by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, and wanted to share the resources that we, and others, have been using to try to be better allies to all those demanding justice, and ensure that allyship goes beyond sharing posts on social media. This pack will also include materials about race issues in other contexts, such as the UK. Going forward, we will also be creating podcasts featuring some of the voices shared below to create some more in-depth conversations.
This document is live, meaning we will continually add, change and edit as we learn. It is by no means an exhaustive list. If you have suggestions or recommendations, please share them with us - this community is built upon sharing and conversation.
If we’ve made any mistakes (if our language causes any discomfort, no matter how minimal) and you have the time/energy to let us know, please do so and we’ll actively work to learn and improve. You can do so via email firstname.lastname@example.org or DM us on Instagram @empowerhervoice.
Love and solidarity,
The EHV Team