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Becoming an Ally
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If you experience privilege because of one of your identities, there are things you can do to become an ally of the marginalized group that experiences the form of oppression you have never experienced. Becoming an ally takes a lot of hard work. Simply saying you are an ally is not enough. You must educate yourself about the issues, examine your own privilege, and do the hard work that is involved in reversing that privilege so that you treat others with marginalized identities as equals, instead of inadvertently advancing your own privilege and contributing to their oppression. Then, there are actions you can take to challenge and dismantle systems of oppression and injustices in our society. This whole process can be very challenging, and as you become more self-aware, you may experience guilt or shame and make mistakes along the way. However, it is better to engage in this difficult process in order to become an ally than do nothing yourself to fix the injustices that you are a part of because of your privilege. Below are some resources to help you get started.
Becoming an ally can be a difficult and painful process, yet it is so important to become an ally if you care about the marginalization of others and want to engage in the fight for social justice. Here are a few things to remember if you seek to become an ally, a list from Everyday Feminism - http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/.