ROAR Magazine, From charity to solidarity: a critique of ally politics

15 Jan


Ally politics wrongly suggests that one’s privilege can only be undermined by giving up one’s role as an individual, and following the lead of the oppressed. This is an excerpt from a chapter from Taking Sides, edited by Cindy Milstein, published by AK Press.

The liberal concept of allyship is embedded in a rights-based discourse of identity politics. It works with the ideas that there are fixed groups of people (black people, women, gay people, and so on) that have been wronged by the structural oppressions of our society, that we must work across these differences to achieve equality for all, and that this responsibility falls especially on those who most benefit from structural oppressions. It centers on the idea that everyone has different life experiences that are shaped by our perceived identities, and so if you have an identity that is privileged in our society, you cannot understand the experiences of someone with an identity that is oppressed.

Source: ROAR Magazine



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