Thursday, December 10, 2015

Interrupting the Cycle of Oppression: The Role of Allies as Agents of Change

By Andrea Ayvazian

This was a very interesting text. It cools to know what exactly an ally is. According to Ayvazian, an ally is: a member of a dominate group in our society who works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives the benefit. That's pretty clear. I feel like this connects to me in a way because I am a while male who is Lutheran. And I don't follow in the footsteps of many hypocritical while people now a days. I am one to stop violence even if it mean that I may get hurt. That's just how I've always been. It was cool to read this article and figure out what an ally really is. I feel like I fell right into the definition! Also, I strive to be a good role model for those who are younger than me. I don't want to see someone grow up to be a jerk.

I really like when Ayvazian wrote: "Being consistently conscious." It just makes me think that we as people need to know exactly what is going on in order to stop something from happening. We need to, in Ayvazian's words, take risks and be smart. I couldn't agree with her more.

What do you guys think about allies? Do you feel that they are important to keep things moving forward in our societies?
Are any of you allies?

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