Allyship. It's been on my mind a lot lately. I like to think that I'm fairly well-versed on the subject (a degree in Women's Studies certainly forces you unpack your invisible backpack of privilege) but lately, I've really been at a loss.
There's a lot that needs to be done.
It's so easy for me to go about my day without personally feeling the effects of what's erupting in America right now - Facebook and newspapers are the only times the ugliness slips through at all.
It's so easy to let the Others talk amongst themselves, right? Be it race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status... The attitude of "it doesn't effect me directly, so it's not something I need to involve myself in" is so easy to adopt.
But I can't help but think that what feels like divisiveness in America is just people in pain shouting to be heard. Be it Black Lives Matter activists or the Trump campaigners.
I don't have any answers here.
But I do know that to right wrongs and heal wounds, you need everyone engaged. You need the white male CEOs and the elected lawmakers and the good-hearted people who think it has nothing to do with them.
So what is allyship?
I really encourage you to read this post in full. It's a small but important step.
And then, it's up to each of us to continue to take small steps every day. We can, each of us, be an ally somehow.