White people are not heroes or heroines riding in on a white horse to save everybody (!) we are assisting a group of people who already have a plan in place. Allies cannot presume to know about the experience of BIPOC, or to speak authoritatively about BIPOC community. Targets of oppression are experts on the totality of their oppression and we need to listen to them. Our task is to be mindful of how power is operating in any given context, to think before speaking (if we must speak), and to let BIPOC voices be heard. We are cautioned by experienced activists to understand that our anti-oppression work is not about the needs of the ally, or to feel good about ourselves.
It's about the needs of the targets NOT to be oppressed!
alongside them, will determine the fate of the planet."
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Pegi Eyers is the author of Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community, an award-winning book that explores strategies for social justice, uncolonization, ethnocultural identity, building land-emergent community & resilience in times of massive change.
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