Woke Whites: 12 Examples Of White Allyship We Need During Times Like These
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With the recent blatant displays of racism affecting the country, with White women dying at the hands of it, White people are more concerned than ever about racism and what they can do to help. While there are in-numerous resources and we’ve discussed it on the site before, here are some additional people who don’t need to be told what to do. They just get it. Check them out on the following pages.
Robert Lee IV: "I call on all of us with privilege and power to confront racism and white supremacy head-on." (MTV) pic.twitter.com/xVy9iyoLeU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 28, 2017
Robert E. Lee’s Descendant
From what I hear, the MTV awards weren’t anything to write home about. But when Robert Lee IV, a descendant of the Confederate general, Robert E. Lee took the stage to make a speech, it was one that captivated the attention of many. And his words were spot on. He called the statue of his ancestor, an “idol of White Supremacy, racism and hate.”
He continued. “As a pastor, it is my duty to speak out against racism, America’s original sin.” Then he encouraged others to “answer God’s call to confront racism.” He was speaking directly to White people, so he made sure to remind them of the work that was already being done.
“We can find inspiration in the Black Lives Matter movement, the women who marched in the Women’s March in January and Heather Heyer who died fighting for her beliefs in Charlottesville.”
Lee’s activism didn’t stop there. The parishioners of his church in North Carolina didn’t appreciate his comments at the MTV Awards so, instead of trying to convince them or working to gain their approval, he stepped down.
“I told you I was the right one honey.”
I’m not telling White people they should be laying hands on racists. But seeing as how you likely won’t have to face any type of consequences, do what you have to do. Not to mention, the woman in the video, the instigator, Summer Cortts, lost herself and put her hand around Colleen Dagg’s neck. It was downhill from there. She caught those hands. But after the physical fight, Dagg took to Twitter to use her words.
— Colleen Dagg (@DaggDagg94) August 23, 2017
Given her father and his own brand of activism, it should come as no surprise that Paris Jackson has something to say when it comes to injustices. Like Robert Lee IV, she also spoke at the MTV Awards, condemning
I was so moved by this particular act or resistance was so inspiring to me, I posted it on my personal Instagram page. It was the moment when Rosenberg was speaking to a police officer about the killing of Alton Sterling. When Rosenberg asked would the man say that the officers at least appeared to be acting too aggressively.
Welcome to our new followers just a quick reminder of who we are and what we do! pic.twitter.com/VQJvH1Qgrp
— WhiteNonsenseRoundup (@nowhitenonsense) August 1, 2016
White nonsense twitter
The tweets explain it all. This account basically checks fellow White people who don’t seem to understand the error of their ways.
Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘 https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Remember when reports hit the airwaves that Hermione Granger was going to be played by Noma Dumezweni, a Black woman in a London production? People were feeling a way. And while it would have been very easy for her to ignore the criticism. She tweeted her approval.
If there is an original O.G. of woke White folk, it’s Jane Elliot. Not only did she start the Blue eye, Brown eye experiment, even after her position as a teacher was compromised in Iowa, she spent the rest of her life explaining White privilege to White folk and advocating on behalf of people of color.
While it would be easy to point to a series of tweets from Mark Ruffalo, it’s bigger than that. In addition to calling out racism and racist practices, he also created a petition asking news networks like MSNBC and NBC to stop hiring conservative talking heads.
The petition, in part, reads:
“Lack has pushed out Black and Brown talent including Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, Touré Neblett, Dorian Warren, Michael Eric Dyson, Adam Howard, Jamil Smith, Jose Diaz-Balart and Tamron Hall. In fact, Lack has a history of replacing Black on-air personalities wherever he goes. America needs voices like these now more than ever, and we need to make it clear to Lack that we are paying attention and there will be consequences. Tell NBC executives: Stop the white conservative hiring spree at MSNBC.”
If you’ve ever watched an episode of “The Daily Show,” you know that Jon Stewart is ’bout it. And in the months leading up to his retirement from the show, incidents of racism were frequent. And he was consistent in speaking up and out on behalf of not only Black folk but all people of color. In the clip above you can see what he had to say to his audience after the Charleston shooting.
Joe Arpaio was a racist w/official power who violated POC Constitutional rights. Trump pardon should offend u MORE than his C'ville response
— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) August 26, 2017
Like Jane Elliot, Tim Wise is a man who has made it his life’s work to being an anti-racism activist. He speaks frequently in person and on several news shows calling out White folks.