On the allyship journey, it is important to first complete an inventory of your own status. In this video, learn how to investigate your reasons and identify your motivations that drive your allyship actions.
- The first key principle of inclusive mindset for allies is being brave. A lot of what we're going to cover here, we talked about it in our fundamentals video. So if you haven't watched that, this would be a good time to go back and do it. So here's our brave space diagram that shows why it's important, not just to create spaces that are safe, but that to be a true ally, you're going to also have to be brave. So when we talk about being brave, we can remember four Cs that will help us think about how we do that in action. The first C is capacity. You're going to have to do some self-examination to think about what you're actually capable of doing. What are your biases? What are your skills and experiences around the issue you want to support? It doesn't mean you have to be an expert. It means you have to know what is your starting point before you can figure out where you're going. The next C is community. It's critically important that you build relationships with people who are already working on this issue and people who are impacted by the conditions that you want to change. These relationships will continue to inform your thinking, your practices, ongoingly people talk about what they need. And if you're in relationship with those conversations, you'll have much better alignment as things progress in society. The third C is context also critically important. When we talk about bias, prejudice, discrimination, and oppression, you're going to have to build your resilience to name and call out each one of these things. The systemic oppression is an emerging conversation in our society that says it's not enough for us just to talk about prejudice. We have to be brave enough to name oppression, because sometimes we get stuck on the things that we're all guilty of. Everyone has prejudices, but not everyone has been at the impact of historic and systemic oppression. Naming that difference is critical to being a true ally. The last C is complications. What's going to happen as you go out into the world and assert your desire to be an ally is not everyone is going to be excited about any strategy you take. We're all going to make mistakes. It's not about whether you make a mistake, it's whether you're able to take accountability for that, knowing that they're going to be complications in this journey will help you continue to be brave. Even the word ally can be controversial. There's a lot of conversation about whether we need allies or accomplices or co-conspirators, what's not so much is the word that you use. It's that you understand the complicated landscape that you're entering and that you persevere and be brave, no matter what. Now we're going to get into some examples of exactly what that looks like in action.