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I'm Not Your Ally: The Problem of Ally-As-Identity

“Ally” as an identity – as a label you declare for yourself – is problematic because it centers you and your privileged identities within a discussion that should center marginalized folk.* It is the inability to set aside the limits of your own experience in order to listen to others. This is a problem that plagues identity labels of all sorts – “I am Christian, therefore I must respond to a situation this way,” which leads to people trying to guess what religious platitudes people want to hear rather than actually listening. “I am a woman, therefore I like X,” which leads people to condemn those who do not like those things or measure up to their centered identity of womanhood.

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