- Listen to what we share. Allow us to work through our range of emotions, free from judgement.
- Afford communities of color the right to speak or not to speak on the issues at hand.
- Acknowledge that although you may feel deeply outraged by police violence (as you should), white allies are not having the same lived experiences as people of color.
- Share openly how you are impacted by police violence against black and brown bodies. We very much appreciate and need for you to speak out, but also yield/share the floor to/with those most directly impacted.
- Use your positionality as white people to speak truth to power and to challenge your spheres of influence.
- Be allies in public as well as behind closed doors. We need to know that you show up for us.
- If you have posted problematic comments against people of color or blatantly turned your back on us in the past, now is not the time to become an ally in the midst of our most vulnerable moments. Give us space to allow trust to build, or not.
- Do the difficult work to understand the systemic nature of racism and how you have benefited from that system. Not understanding this is a form of social violence.
- Work through white guilt within white spaces. I am hurting, and I need space to focus on my own pain.
- Having difficult dialogues across differences is not easy, but necessary. While doing your work, also be open to constructive feedback. As James Baldwin said, “If I love you, I must make you conscious of the things you do not see.”
After having multiple conversations this week with white friends regarding the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the experience of Christian Cooper, I felt I needed to pen this blog post. My goal is not to provide an exhaustive list, there are many more points that could be shared. However, these suggestions come directly from conversations that I have had with white friends this week. Some were well equipped in allyship, others were not.
Krishauna Hines-Gaither, Ph.D.
Recorded Workshop: White Allies regarding Police Brutality and Beyond
Dr. Krishauna Hines-Gaither will share tips and insights on sustaining relationships and offering support across differences. She will share tips that are applicable in many situations including the current events related to police brutality. She will focus on white allyship regarding police violence against predominantly black and brown bodies. Communities of color will also benefit from this workshop, and gain additional tools to navigate cross-racial engagement.