What happens when you tell folks they’re racist?

(That wasn’t a rhetorical question.)

I take it as a good thing and as a measure of meaningful progress that white people absolutely lose their minds when someone suggests that they are racist.  After all, it wasn’t that long ago that a disturbingly large segment of America’s white citizens was unabashedly proud of their racist identity.  It was an explicit expression of their superiority, intellectually, culturally, economically and politically, over people of color.  In 1972 and 1976, George Wallace ran for president as a Democrat and won several state primaries each time.  This is the same man who passionately declared, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” read more

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3 Simple Steps

As an organization, Ridgefield Allies accepts that it cannot respond to every headline. Given the history of our country and the pace of current events, chasing headlines would divert our actions and our purpose into a meaningless blur. read more

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Carry on the Struggle of Departed American Giants

When a brother in arms falls on the battlefield, it is our duty to pick up his sword and carry the battle forward.  John Lewis and CT Vivian dedicated their lives to the fight for voting rights for all Americans.  They were instrumental to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  We can show them our love and respect by carrying forward the fight to extend, preserve, and protect the voting rights of all people. read more

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Juneteenth

Wondering or have questions about Juneteenth? Ridgefield Allies posted a short, informative slide show each day this week (June 15-19, 2020) as quick guides to get you started in learning about this holiday tradition. We’ve embedded all 5 slide shows on this page, making it easy for you to begin learning. read more

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Ally Story: An Allies Valentine

In the mid-1970s I was a student at Amherst College.  Although there were many ways that Amherst was substantially imperfect, there were also many ways in which Amherst created a strong, healthy and inclusive sense of community.  This is a story about allies and community. read more

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