An Open Letter to White "Allies" from a White Friend

  • Deen Fair OneTrenton Project


We mean well. White allies who want nothing more than peace and harmony among all walks of life. But what we don't realize is that often times our well intentioned efforts are actually as harmful as the blatant racism and discrimination we so adamantly oppose. It is our number one responsibility to make sure that we are not participating in oppressive allyship.

Author Biography

Deen Fair, OneTrenton Project
Deen is a self-identified "artivist," artist and activist. She is a writer and spoken word artist and founder of the OneTrenton Project in Trenton, NJ, a grassroots organization that promotes community connectedness to provide programming and raise awareness about relevant issues in the community.
How to Cite
Fair, D. (2015). An Open Letter to White "Allies" from a White Friend. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 5(2), 82 - 86. Retrieved from
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