Thursday, July 16, 2020

Book Talk | Dismantling White Supremacy Day 19


I began this book last week and would love to have discussions based on the prompts provided within the book. The book is set up so that after each day's reading, there are a handful of prompts to respond to. Feel free to respond to as many or as few as you like. I would love for this to be a discussion and a place where we can learn and grow together. Please be honest, because that is the only way anything will change.

Additionally, I have been compiling a list of books under the #BlackLivesMatter Reading List tab. I am usually adding books daily that I find, or are recommended by others. Please leave a comment on that page if you have titles to add. I hope you can find titles on this list that you will learn from as well.

Day Nineteen Prompts

Allyship - an active, consistent, and challenging practice of unlearning and reevaluating, in which a person of privilege seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized group (definition given at 49%)

Optical allyship - allyship that only serves on a surface level to platform the 'ally', it makes a statement but doesn't go beneath the surface and is not aimed at breaking away from the systems of power that oppress (definition at 62%)

1. How have you practiced optical allyship when it comes to antiracism?

2. What benefits have you sought out and/or received by practicing optical allyship?

3. How have you responded when called out for optical allyship?

4. How have you felt when you have not been rewarded for your acts of optical allyship?

5. How has your motivation to show up in allyship been dependent upon what other people think about you or how you are perceived?

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