Woke Whites: 12 Examples Of White Allyship We Need During Times Like These

September 13, 2017  |  
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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 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.


Paris Jackson

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.

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.

J.K. Rowling

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.

Jane Elliot

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.


Mark Ruffalo

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.”

Jon Stewart

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.

Tim Wise

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.

Ed Skrein

More than tweets and pleas to the people, Skrein saw an example of a way he was abusing his White privilege and he sought to rectify it. Read what he said about giving up a role originally created for a character of color.

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