Thanks for popping by.

Understand the discrimination faced by black and minority people, support, gain information and take action. You can't be an Ally unless you understand the problem.

Please join to make the most out of this forum. I need you to help make change happen.

I am doing a Campaign for Black History Month and I need your involvement. I need you to either take a photo of yourself holding a piece of A4 paper - see below for example - written on it is what you will do as an Ally - going forward.

Please tag me and Allyship into the post and then nominate and tag another ally to do it. Lets get this going over the month of October and see how far we get. It needs to start on the 1st of October.

contact me is you need any further details: chikere@me.com

19 views0 comments

By Anna Soussis

Since Justice Ginsburg’s passing last week, much has been written about her extraordinary lifetime achievements - her fight for gender equality and women’s rights. There have been international tributes to her from different colours, creeds and across the generational divide. She has been described as a pioneer, trailblazer, icon.

All this is true.

What I find most inspiring about RBG was her approach to adversity. The legal profession in 1950s America was a man’s world. Despite graduating from Cornell first in her class, no law firm would employ her as she was a woman. In the 1960s she was rejected from a clerkship at the Supreme Court due to her gender.

Despite her remarkable ability, the odds were pitted against her. In a sense, it would have been understandable if she became cynical, embittered or even opted out.

Instead she persevered. She found a ‘way’ – a different way. She pursued a career in academia, founded the Women’s Rights Project, took on private gender discrimination cases, building on each successive victory.

RBG famously said So often in lifethings that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” Rather than accept defeat, she used her setbacks to reassess, reposition herself and pursue a different course. For me, there lies her great strength. She recognised that she could not immediately change the external environment or the prevailing views of the time but she could choose how she responded to them.

This option is available to all of us. It’s not easy. It takes practice. It has become my mantra for the week.

In uncertain times such as these, recognising that we have this power is all the more important. It would be easy to become demoralised with economic uncertainty, ever-changing government stances on the pandemic and the competitive job market. Yet, instead of becoming paralyzed, apprehensive, reluctant to act, I see on Linkedin fellow members creatively reinventing themselves – as authors, podcasters, volunteers, keynote speakers, campaigners.

This is inspiring.

These strange times offer us options and opportunities. Time itself is a gift. We can reflect and reassess the things that are important to us. Remind ourselves of the things we enjoy. Come to think of it, never before would I have found the time to write this article. And for me, this is ‘good fortune.’

35 views0 comments

By Claire Coulter - Recruitment & EVP Manager St James's Place Wealth Management

I have been feeling pretty rubbish about things lately. First there was lockdown, then the murder of George Floyd, and then as the weeks passed a realisation that my head had been buried in the sand on the issue of race relations in the UK for some time. Having studied American history alongside gender, race and identity at University I am left wondering how I drifted here over the past 20 years. And here I am.

The turning point for me wasn’t the video of George Floyd being murdered (I couldn’t watch until much later) but listening to Clara Amfo’s heart-breaking reaction. For the first time, in a long time, tears poured. I held my youngest later that night and the tears came down again.

Speaking on her Radio One show, Amfo said the events in Minneapolis had reinforced a feeling among black people "that people want our culture, but they do not want us". She added: "In other words, you want my talent, but you don't want me.” An undeniable truth about white people’s fascination and appropriation of black art.

In my mind I have always been a good friend, ally, colleague. Recent events and an insatiable appetite for some of the amazing books out there regarding race, and racism in the UK have made me question, am I?

When a friend experienced racism at a café around 4 years ago my head was so buried in the sand rather than listen I ashamedly asked, “are you sure?” I saw our world through the lens of us both being new mothers and was convinced this man’s reaction was down to his irritation with my crying baby. She saw the world through her own lived experience. I now know to never ask “are you sure?” ever again.

Since the outpouring of support for black lives matter, I have found myself drawn to some of the black voices out there making a stand. Specifically, the black female voice. In a world of stylised content, and contrived communication, much of the dialogue coming out of this community I have plugged into is unapologetic, brave and authentic. I have become addicted to my LinkedIn feed – keenly waiting to see if one of these contacts has uploaded a new video blog or shared some new research findings. Despite the difficult topics I have felt genuine joy, experienced a lot of laughter. I have “been brought in”, to be made to feel uncomfortable but also to be entertained. It’s a powerful combination.

Is this the same fascination Amfo speaks of? I have considered this and realised I am craving an authentic connection – the cutting through of falseness in the quest for the truth. I am now more aware of white fragility and how it operates. It attacks to shut down conversations. I cannot tell you how ashamed I have been of some of the comments I have read to the simple statement “Black lives matter.” I have had sleepless nights and I have felt real anger.

I am learning about my white privilege and all the systems that are stacked in my favour. I hope better late than never to put into action how I can level that privilege on behalf of others. I have also learnt that whilst my intentions will have never been to make anyone feel uncomfortable, unheard, invisible, I now am aware of impact. By reading, learning about black British history, listening to others, opening up where I get my news sources from, I am starting to find the words to talk about racism. I am more conscious than ever about whiteness and its over representation. I will not always get it right, but I will hopefully find the words, so I start to get it right more often and become a better ally.

121 views0 comments
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White YouTube Icon

© 2020 Allyship. All rights reserved.