I am taking a seminar in my Ph.D. program focused on the work of James Baldwin and reading for my final paper I came across this quote,
In 1963, when speaking to a group of public school teachers in New York City, James Baldwin was asked to talk about the role the white liberal plays in social change. Baldwin responded, “There is no role for the white liberal, he is our affliction.”
This quote, taken out of the context of the rest of Baldwin's work, makes him seem to be less open and nuanced in his approaches to white folks than he was. However it got me thinking about allies.
Considering the complicated recent events around ENDA and transgender inclusion along with the conversations on the Bilerico Project about Transgender Day of Remembrance, it seems like as a project - both as writers and readers - we should engage in a conversation about allies. After the jump are some questions that I have been considering regarding this. Would you be willing to share your thoughts with each other and me about the place of allies in social change projects and movements?