Indypendent Production Board
Lease this WebApp and get rid of the ads.
jt.indypendent
In Praise of Allies, Nick, Partial + Outline
Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:36
108.14.113.241

Dear Allies

You deserve praise. Yes, you. My ally. Funny how I imagine you thinking, ďBut Iím white or male, Iím straight or able bodied, Iím liberal or middle class; or some combination of privilege, Iím part of the problem.Ē No youíre not and actually, you deserve praise.

You wear many faces. You were the white woman yelling ďHands up! Donít shoot!Ē at the intersection as cops warily looked on. You were the men at Slut March, shouting in solidarity and warning crude guys to shut up. You were my best friend of two decades, who held my hand during the Silent March against police brutality.

Iíve known you my whole life. My family knew you and before them, my ancestors knew you. Our freedom would not have been possible without you. It was allies, who came to our meetings, who marched with us, were beaten and arrested with us, who lost jobs and family for siding with us, who sometimes, died with us.

Iím writing this to you because today, we talk so much of privilege or identity that it has become hard to say a simple, true thing. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
How did we get here? How did we get to a place where you walk into the room and presumed to be a potential oppressor? We tell you to check you privilege and use your privilege. We say decenter yourself from the conversation. We tell you not talk to media and get at the back of the march. And you do. You do because on some level, it rebalances our voices. But itís gone too far.

We donít need you invisible or silent or scared. We need you strong and loud and powerful. We need you holding our hands, up front because wherever weíre going, we can only get there together.

Role Reversal

My ally. You and I are brought together by a desire to change the world. We want to reverse the values of this social hierarchy. We want to take those who are thrown away and give them honor. We want to heal those whoíve been hurt. What we donít often acknowledge is how those who have been wounded can turn around and injure others.

I was on a Left Forum panel and one of the speakers said, Black writers had been corrupted by ďThe influence of Jewish intellectuals.Ē A silent tension filled the room. Shaking my head, I started writing a rebuttal. Half-way into it, I looked at him. He had long dreads. He wore a dashiki. The scent of Egyptian Musk floated around him like a cloud. I stared, a little too long and thought: I used to be you.


The Left is trying to create a reverse world of equality in one of hierarchy

How to Lose Friends and Influence No One

Identity chauvinism

We fetish pain and it blinds us to other parts of the person

Love is Thicker than Blood

Allies join for lotís of reasons

Own oppression

Guilt of commission and or omission and or inheritance

Empathy with friend
Dancing in the Street

We come together in the street

A common enemy

    • In Praise of Allies, Nick, Complete First Draft - jt.indypendent, Sat Jul 30 21:07
      Dear Allies You deserve praise. Yes, you. Funny how I imagine you thinking, ďBut Iím white or male, Iím straight or able bodied, Iím liberal or middle class; or some combination of privilege, Iím... more
      • In Praise of Allies, Nick, 2195 - jt.indypendent, Wed Aug 3 21:37
        Dear Allies, You deserve praise. Yes, you. I imagine you thinking, ďBut Iím white or male, Iím straight or able-bodied, Iím liberal or middle class; or some combination of privilege, Iím part of the... more
  • Click here to receive daily updates