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Unformatted text preview: that shows up in many forms “That all happened a long time ago – don’t blame me.” “I’m not racist (or sexist or classist).” “I’m a good person – I’ve never done anything nasty
to someone who is struggling. So don’t blame me.” “I “I have friends who are oppressed.” don’t see people as black or white; I see them all
as part of the human race.” Ally practices
Assume racism (and other forms of oppression) is everywhere, everyday.
Be a worker in your own liberation struggle. Work to end oppression when you experience it.
Help members of your own group understand oppression.
Listen and reflect. Listen some more. And then listen deeper. And again.
Recognize that being a member of an oppressor group does not make you bad. More ally skills
When working in solidarity with the oppressed: Work in service of their leadership and
their empowerment Don’t assume that you know what is best
for them. Never take public credit or attention for
their process. Don’t expect the group to easily agree – What people of color say they want from whites
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2013 for the course SW 590 taught by Professor Anncurrystevens during the Summer '12 term at Portland State.
- Summer '12