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

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

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

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

Ridgefield Allies Logo Contest! Open Call for Submissions!

Ridgefield Allies is holding a contest to create an artistic representation (aka: “a logo”) to promote the organization’s mission of awareness and anti-racism. The logo should encompass the group’s mission and goals (please see our website About page). We encourage submissions from anyone who wishes to participate! The logo will be used on the Ridgefield Allies website, materials, as well as promotional items. read more

For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies

Author’s Note: I’m writing this in hopes that it can be used to lighten the load of marginalized folks, keeping in mind that not all marginalized people want to engage in the ally conversation, and that is perfect as well. For those who do, my prayer is that when someone asks you the question, “how can I be a stronger ally?” you might choose to save your breath/energy and send this in its place. 
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