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No more white saviours, thanks: how to be a true anti-racist ally

By Nova Reid

19 Sep 2021 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

In this article the author, Nova Reid, argues that in order to be a true ally people must "unlearn" racism and explains just how this can be done.

I felt overwhelmed: 40,000 hits to my website – 50 times more than the average month – plus 2,000 emails, people tagging me in social media posts to let their followers know they had signed up to my online anti-racism course – but not always actually signing up. The murder of George Floyd had thrown up a very apparent collective sense of white guilt around the world.

I had been doing anti-racism work long before the summer of 2020, so I didn’t understand why – increased volume aside – some of these interactions felt so different to the usual business inquiries I receive. I felt there was such a sense of ownership over me, my time, my words, what I should talk about and when. The more boundaries I put up, the more they would trample over them.

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