How Outsiders Can Become Allies

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Elon James White breaks down what it means to be an Ally for marginalized groups–without putting your foot in your mouth.

When I raised the racial issues I saw in the Occupy Movement, I was barraged by accusations of being divisive. We have to work together, my critics said. Identity politics is bad, they tweeted. It’s not about these differences; it’s about the big banks,they said…

My critics claimed that Occupy was working toward racial justice; how could I say these things about people who were allies?

The answer: easily.

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Original article written by Elon James White and posted August 31, 2012 on The Root

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