9. Struggles are not for you to build a career off the backs of oppressed groups. That means you opportunistic journalists and NGOs.
11. Do not become a spokesperson for the respective struggling community. If you are approached to comment on a struggle you express solidarity with, present it from the perspective of your group in terms of complicity and resisting oppression. This is not synonymous with speaking on behalf of the oppressed groups. Every group can speak for itself, so remember to amplify their voices rather than muting them in order to get your fame time.
12. Standing with one oppressed group and being complicit in another oppression automatically nulls your solidarity. You’re either against oppression out of principle, or you’re not.
Solidarity often translates into a saviorship complex, whereby the so called solidarity activist views the oppressed group with pity and aims to help through saving them from their turmoil.
Pity as a sentiment stems from feelings of supremacy and arrogance. They enforce subconscious feelings of inferiorizing and othering. Rather than extending arms for support, individuals with the saviorship complex instead run in front of oppressed groups holding their palms behind them asking the oppressed groups to “catch-up.”
As we experience uprisings and resistance all over the globe, it is essential that allies understand their privileged position and instead follow the choices and decisions of the resisting groups rather than dictating.
The basics of solidarity:
- You are not there to save the oppressed group.
- Oppressed groups are not inferior to you, and are not searching for sympathetic pity.
- No nation is “free” in the utopic sense. Therefore do not bring your nations…
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