“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.” - Audre Lorde
accountable: this weekly newsletter will meet you where you are. You can be an individual who has consciously been working toward understanding white privilege and the impact of systemic racism for years or you can be a beginner who is just starting out in your awareness of white supremacy culture. This initiative aims to deepen your understanding of your own white privilege, hold yourself and your white peers accountable, and move toward becoming a truly effective ally.
allyship: unending work by an individual who recognizes that though they do not belong to a marginalized group, responsibility can be taken and actions can be effective from their place of privilege. An ally does not believe themselves to be the solution or the savior - instead they believe it is time to rise up and add their voice alongside those who have been fighting for justice, equality, and the right to not only survive, but thrive in modern society.
Why the topic of race?
For the past six years I have worked in various non-profits with missions supporting those who have been impacted by sexual assault and domestic abuse and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I see white women rallying around these topics, but lacking the ability to comfortably talk about race. Race is not a people of color issue, it is a societal issue. We have to take responsibility for a system we perpetuate with our silence and complacency.
Why would I listen to a white woman talk about race?
It is not the job of a person of color to teach white people about their experience in a racially unjust society. My intended audience is the white community because I am part of it. I want to help white people internalize the urgency of this work, come to terms with their white privilege, and take action to dismantle the white supremacy culture that perpetuates systemic racism.
What is the aim of this initiative?
It is a space for white people to further their education about systemic racism. The goal is to learn, engage, disrupt, and challenge racial inequity in the United States.
Don’t you think a little weekly newsletter trivializes the experience of People of Color?
The topic of race is not a theory or a history lesson. It is a present day experience of human lives that have been (and continue to be) systematically oppressed. Nothing could do this topic justice. But we have to begin, and we have to start somewhere.
What will I learn?
Each week you will receive a newsletter with definitions, stories, links to resources created by people of color, as well as lessons on how to interrupt microaggressions, how to acknowledge your own privilege so you can move beyond it, and how to challenge beliefs ingrained in society. It will be a compilation of mixed media, thoughtful questions, and straightforward lessons to further your understanding of systemic racism.
who should subscribe?
Everyone is welcome. The intended audience is white and white passing individuals who would like to work toward being truly effective allies to people of color. That said, people of color who are curious about how white people are approaching and talking to each other about this work please feel free to subscribe as an observer. Additionally if you are a POC who would like to subscribe to provide feedback I would be forever indebted to you.