Silence is Violence and Inaction Gives Traction to White Supremacy

Jody Alyn, Lila Cabbil


This article sets forth key concepts and steps in building accountability for action among those who wish to dismantle structures of oppression. Accountability for action is defined as, “an agreement to behave in a specific and intentional way so as to challenge the status quo and dismantle systemic privilege.” The national White Privilege Conference is used as a case example of how accountability for action can be implemented in a structured learning environment with a large group of people. The intent of this article is to emphasize the urgency for action, provide tools to guide action and motivate people to take action.


Accountability for action; Accountability programs; White privilege; Dismantling privilege; White supremacy

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