An emotionally, mentally & spiritually exhausting but very FREE guide by Bindimu Currie
First of all, this is free emotional/physical labour from a Blak womxn so,
Solidarity is defined by white definitionists as “a union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples.”
In terms of deconstructing white supremacy as a system, the first action is to ACKNOWLEDGE that there are systems in place, and within those systems there are institutions that construct and maintain white supremacy. Example of these institutions are; the healthcare system, the economic system, the education systems and the criminal justice system. White supremacy empowers these institutions to uphold racial biases and enact colonialism.
What colonialism conditions people into believing is that our thoughts, behaviours and place in a colonised society is of our own volition. It is not, and to deny that is ignorant and violent. This is where white supremacy implements its system without everyday people realising what they are upholding.
The second action is to acknowledge your place in that system.
- what privileges do you have?
- are you aware of how much space you take up in conversations involving Blak people and people of colour?
- what anti-social behaviours do you perform?
- how do you benefit from the enslavement, genocide & oppression of others?
- what conversations are you having WITH white people ABOUT white people and whiteness?
- what research have YOU done to educate yourself & your family/friends?
- are you questioning your schools/universities on aboriginal studies and decolonial education?
- are you aware of the conditioning that informs and enables your internal racial biases?
- are you aware of what influences these biases?
The selling point of white supremacy is to keep everyone comfortable in their ignorance. It’s easy to be complicit when you have privileges, but these privileges come at the expense of the oppression of others. If you want to be an ally, be prepared to be in uncomfortable & confronting conversations & situations.
Blak people are CONSTANTLY aware of their blakness in white spaces. This is the subconscious conditioning that protects us from daily covert white supremacy. Adding to this, the social intersectionality such as having physical/mental disabilities or being Queer, Intersex and Trans. You as a white person need to be actively aware of the space you take up. Particularly in the presence of Blak people and POC.
In order to minimise emotional/mental/spiritual labour of Blak folks, remember do your own research first before asking questions. Do not approach blak folks with a questions or asking for opinions without doing your own thorough research.
Being an ally is so much more than sharing a BLM hashtag, buying from blak owned businesses or attending rallies. This should not be the extent of your support. This is not solidarity. Know that it is an ongoing process of decolonialism and that you will experience growing pains.
Remember this is the bare minimum and these are just the words of one blak womxn. There are many more resources by blak womxn and black folks.