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"'Being an ally is not an identity, it is a process' - Sister Outsider

Over the last week the media has flooded with one name: Rachel Dolezal. An American civil rights activist who recently stepped down as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) chapter in Spokane, Washington, after her birth parents revealed that she is, despite her appearance and self identification, white.

This sparked an international dialogue around race and identity and cultural appropriate which raises some very important questions around allyship. Would her work have been as effective if she were more transparent around her racial background? What does allyship look like when it is lacking transparency and accountability? Is allyship defined by the person or the group?""

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