First, DON’T demand that those you are supporting produce proof of the inequality they are working to resist.
DO recognize that the shield of your privilege may blind you to the experience of others’ injustice.
DON’T offer up your relationship with a member of the marginalized group as evidence of your understanding.
DO be open to learning and expanding your consciousness by listening more and talking less.
DON’T see yourself as the Kevin Costner in “Dances with Wolves” or the Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai.” You are NOT the savior riding to the rescue on a white horse. DO notice that you are joining a group of people who are already working to save themselves.
DO realize that the only requirement you need to enter ally-ship is a commitment to justice and human equality.
”—Melissa Harris-Perry (The MHP Show for March 30, 2013)
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