From Allies to Accomplices: Grand Rapids opportunities to practice immigrant justice

From Allies to Accomplices: Grand Rapids opportunities to practice immigrant justice
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Too often for those of use who carry lots of privilege – race, class, ability or citizenship status privilege – we fail to act or to stand in solidarity with those who are being targeted by systems of oppression. Or, if we do act, the tendency is to engage in savior politics or make it about us.

Let us be clear, — https://griid.org/2017/04/19/from-allies-to-accomplices-grand-rapids-opportunities-to-practice-immigrant-justice/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Too often for those of use who carry lots of privilege – race, class, ability or citizenship status privilege – we fail to act or to stand in solidarity with those who are being targeted by systems of oppression. Or, if we do act, the tendency is to engage in savior politics or make it about us.

Let us be clear, this is not about doing missionary work or even being an ally. Those of us who hold lots of privilege need to begin to think about what role we play in movements for social justice and liberation.

A recent article written by an indigenous activist, entitled, Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex, provides us with an important critique of what too often happens from well intentioned white folks who “want to do some good” or who “want to help.” 

The article states near the beginning:

The…

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