My lack of blogging has nothing to do with having little to write about, rather too much to write about! As an avid social media user, I find terrific, challenging, mind-blowing, thought-provoking articles written by people so much smarter than me every day, and if I had all the time in the world, after spending the time needed to thoroughly digest these words of wisdom, I would ideally be able to craft a reflective response. There is just so much great stuff out there that I am mulling over – everything I’m reading and making connections makes it difficult to even begin putting together my own thoughts on these coherently.
So instead, let me direct you to some things I’ve read that are occupying my thoughts lately.
- This incredibly amazing article by Andrea Smith: The Problem with Privilege
- The 7-Year Experiment: Tenure Track Without Losing Your Soul by the author of Conditionally Accepted: A Space for Academics on the Margins
- The frenzy about the #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation on Twitter (more from Feministe and Jezebel and a HuffPo interview with Mikki Kendal, the woman who started #solidarityisforwhitewomen)
- The Salon article by Brittney Cooper, The Politics of Being Friends with White People
- Being An Ally Versus Being a Nice Person by Nadirah Adeye on Patheos.
You can probably see from these links that much of what I’m really thinking about lately has to do with race, privilege, and what allyship is really about.
To end, I’m linking a video that a friend showed me this morning highlighting all the ways one can think they are being an ally but really are not.