The conundrum of The Ally. On privilege and minorities.

The conundrum of The Ally: How to be an Ally instead of a Perpetrator of Violence without actually perpetrating violence by being an Ally!… Whether intentionally or unintentionally…

And I get this struggle, as we are, all of us, stuck in that quandary in relation to one minority issue or another. In relation to one minority we’re a member and an activist and in relation to another minority we’re an Ally or a Perpetrator of Violence. In relation to one minority we are in a position of privilege and in relation to another we are violated by someone else’s privilege. Not all of us remember that, however… And we as activists for one minority war should be wary of throwing the Ally out with the bathwater… Approaching one’s activism with rage is always a good thing, especially as a motivator for change. But approaching everything with rage, cynicism and a FuckYou Attitude is never helpful as it alienates the very community we’re trying to win over from Perpetrators of Violence to Allies…

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