Part of being an ally is realizing that we cannot feel how others feel; however, we can listen, we can support, and we can advocate.
An ally is an individual who stands up for a person who is targeted and discriminated against on the basis of their identity, and one who works to support and advocate for people who are not “like them” (McGarry, 2013).
An ally will engage in activism by standing with an individual or group in a marginalized community.
“Ally” is actually a verb because it is an active process of unlearning and learning.
Black Minds Matter is a public course seeking to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. It is taught by Dr. Luke Wood, the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education and serve as the Director of SDSU’s Joint Doctoral Program in Education, a partnership between San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University.
Published by Citizen and Social Justice, July 10, 2015
This graduate seminar will explore the foundations and central tenets of Critical Race Theory, from its origins in Critical Legal Studies, to current applications, debates, and evolutions, with particular attention to CRT’s intersections with the field of American Studies. We will also bring in CRT “offshoots” such as TribalCrit, LatCrit, AsianCrit, and DisCrit. CRT posits that racism is endemic to society, but that we must also remain committed to social justice and praxis. How do we navigate these tensions, use CRT to provide a toolkit for navigating scholarship, and work toward social change in the realms of race and racism?
How can we help students understand George Floyd’s death in the context of institutionalized racism? A selection of articles from JSTOR's database on institutionalized racism.
Published on Alternet, April 27, 2015
An advocate will focus more on actively dismantling the structures that oppress an individual or group. i.e., sit-ins, protests, policy-makers, etc.
“Within our sphere of influence . . . we can collaborate with colleagues from marginalized communities, learn to listen and to lead effectively, and acknowledge our own shortcomings as we support [those] from all backgrounds” (Ledesma, 2017).