DAY 18: Being an Ally
“The Circle of Human Concern should include everyone, including those with whom we disagree. We are all a part of each other. We don't like it, but we're connected.” — John A. Powell
In a time when it feels like the world is becoming increasingly polarized, John A. Powell an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties, asks, “How can we build bridges?” In his keynote at the Othering & Belonging Conference, he says “We must hear other people's suffering and stories. Compassion means to suffer with others."
What does it mean to be an ally? An ally seeks to understand what it feels like for another person or group to be oppressed, and despite knowing you will never fully understand how it feels, is committed to valuing and supporting people who are marginalized.
Remember, being an ally is not an identity, it is a continual process — something you have to work at, be intentional about, and commit to day-in and day-out. Explore what active support looks like as an ally in Race Equity Tools’ Guidelines for Being a Strong White Ally.
Option 1: Read the Dos and Don’ts of Allyship that are important to know as you practice and evolve your role in supporting equity and inclusion.
Option 2: Listen to NPR’s Code Switch explore the complexities of allyship on this 30-minute podcast.
Option 3: Read about how to be a better ally in the workplace. Looking for a place to start? Take time to really listen to the experiences of those around you.
Option 4: Listen to this WVIK podcast Cultural Appropriation | Love Girls: The Podcast as Mikhayla Hughes-Shaw and Jasmine Babers discuss cultural appropriation with, Leslie Klipsch, co-host of "Mama Bears Dares" podcast.
Option 5: Listen to this podcast discussing the Allyship Continuum and how you can go from unaware to accomplice.
Option 6: Check out how Quad Cities Community Foundation is reflecting on equity and philanthropy.
Option 7: Read about how equity, diversity and inclusion are important for tourism. Visit Quad Cities is committed to fostering a more equitable community to enhance our region’s ability to attract more visitors.