While reading interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change by Andrea Ayvazian I came across some quotes I found important:
1. An ally is a member of a dominant group in our society who works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives the benefit.
a. This is a very important definition. To be an ally, you have to be a part of the dominant group to make a difference. That means, for example, someone who doesn’t like gay people is insulting a gay man; angry yelling from another gay man is not going to make such a big difference in the situation. However, in that same situation, a heterosexual man defending the gay man might make the other person think twice.
2. I use the term “oppression” to describe the combination of prejudice plus access to social, political, and economic power on the part of a dominant group.
a. I agree with this. I never really thought about the word before this class. Now, I see oppression as people who are not treated and appreciated like the “main” dominant people. But answer me this, how would this country be without the minorities? What would happen if there was nothing to dominate?
3. Allies are whites who identify as anti-racists, men who work to dismantle sexism, able-bodied people who are active in the disability rights movement, Christians who combat anti-Semitism and other forms of religious prejudice.
a. Anybody can be an ally because it’s about standing up for something and doing you best to make a difference. If you can make a difference, to help a child in school stand up to bullies or supports someone’s idea, then do it.