WELCOME TO THE 21 DAY EQUITY CHALLENGE DAY 18!
“Racial equity is the condition that would be achieved if one’s racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. When we use the term, we are thinking about racial equity as one part of racial justice, and thus we also include work to address root causes of inequities not just their manifestation. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them.”
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What does it mean to be an ally?
An ally seeks to understand what it feels like for another person or group to be oppressed, and despite knowing you will never fully understand how it feels, is committed to valuing and supporting people who are marginalized.
“We all have a responsibility to make the world we live in a little better, and you kind of have to start where you are. What allyship is, is listening, compassion, to immerse yourself in content, in experiences, in stories, from groups that aren’t of your own. Anybody who sees something that isn’t quite right can become an ally and help their colleagues. When you’ve been through a struggle that hurt you for such a long time, I think you have this endless energy to give to others. Anyone can be an ally and everyone can use an ally, and you can use your privilege in the moment to extend that privilege to someone else. I think this is what makes us human, to help others and to be empathetic.”
Being an ally is not an identity, it is a continual process – something that you must work at, be intentional about, and commit to – day in and day out.