Allyship is an active and consistent practice of using power and privilege to achieve equity and inclusion while holding ourselves accountable to marginalized people’s needs. - Michelle Kim, CEO of Awaken 

Old majorities and systems have systematically pitted marginalized communities against each other. But we must embrace the power that exists at the intersections of our communities and unite around them. For Asian Americans, the Model Minority Myth was weaponized to deny and denigrate the impact of racism and discrimination on the Black community in the 1960s while downplaying the nuanced, true Asian immigrant experience. This propagation of competition within minority groups distracts us from striving together toward liberation for all.

Securing racial equality is essential to building universal equality--and that fight begins on the inside. We must work collectively to eradicate racism and anti-Black sentiments within our communities beginning with our own friends and families where it persists. Over time, equality is achieved by listening and learning about injustices; taking action by donating, volunteering, or amplifying awareness; and holding our own lives, companies, and communities accountable.

Injustice against one marginalized community inevitably impacts every marginalized community. There is no one way to be an ally, but here are 3 steps to start in the right direction:

3 Steps for Allyship:

Awareness | Action | Accountability

 I. Awareness: Gain awareness of racial inequality by learning from resources and each other in structured ways.

Origins of Inequity
History must be understood to avoid repetition.
Talking About Race National Museum of African American History and Culture
The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Magazine
Films: Selma, 12 Years a Slave, I Am Not Your Negro

 

Judicial System Inequity
Racial bias perpetuates inside systems. Judicial system inequity is among the most prominent imbalances.

Films: 13th, Just Mercy, When They See Us

 Models of Allyship 
Helping wasn’t born yesterday. Understand best practices from others.
How to be Anti-Racist | Ibram X. Kendi
 
Guides for Conversation
Change starts from the inside. Interrogating our own intra-community racial biases is the first step to rectifying society-wide biases. Discuss your own biases with a friend or family member through a guided conversation or in a letter and share your learnings through social media with the hashtag #AllofUs. We’re all in this together--so let’s learn from each other.
Letters for Black Lives by @LettersForBL

Awareness | Action | Accountability

II. Action: Adopting a more equitable system begins with one person--you.

Register to vote:
Donate to racial justice organizations: 
Support Black-owned businesses:
Buy at least one product from a Black-owned e-commerce businesses: 
Dine at a Black-owned restaurant:

Awareness | Action | Accountability 

III. Accountability: Allyship is an active and consistent commitment to hold ourselves, our companies, and our communities responsible in this fight. 

Be an ally in the workplace:

Be an ally in your community:

Stay informed and engage in local issues and the efforts of local organizations:

 

Written by: Kaylyn Shibata, Gold House

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