If you are not working for a large corporation like Disney or Coca-Cola, or one of the Silicon Valley giants, or a media company, the term Allyship is probably not familiar to you. But, this is a term you should learn because it encapsulates one of the most destructive and pernicious ideologies that has ever been pushed on the American workforce.
I first heard this term a few days ago, when an acquaintance who works for a Big Tech company attended an Allyship presentation at work. I heard the unfamiliar term, and I marveled at the evil genius of the numerous “race consulting” companies raking up billions of dollars of profit for coming up with meaningless terms that are gobbled up like candy by Silicon Valley billionaires.
I compared notes with a friend who works for another Silicon Valley company. “Sure,” – replied the friend, – “Allyship. We have training on it too.” Then I took a look at the documents from the presentation, and they looked eerily familiar. They looked exactly like the Disney racial training document that was released recently and taken down because of the backlash.
On the surface, Allyship sounds like a well-meaning term, encouraging you to be an “ally” (a term that you commonly refer to as “a friend”) to the members of a community you do not identify with. Seems easy enough – in fact, you probably already have friends of a different race, or a different sexual orientation, or a disabled friend, for example. I know I do. But Allyship is not as easy as you think.
Allyship is a call on you to identify your privilege. Be ready to spend some time on it. A lot of time, in fact. Because you are privileged, and that means you are bad. And you should feel bad. Earned or unearned, your “privilege” hurts others. You should reflect on how you have hurt, and continue to hurt, others, by whatever place in life that years of high aspirations and hard work has gotten you. Yes, this may hurt. Yes, this should hurt. We want it to hurt. If it doesn’t hurt, you are not doing it correctly. Allyship training is here to help make it hurt.
Here are some basic principles of Allyship that employees must embrace and by proxy that means you too:
Implicit bias. If you are a white male, you are a horrible human being. No matter what you do, or don’t do, you are a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, or some other label de jour the media feels like sticking to you today. Your very existence hurts other people.
You can employ and promote women at work. You can support gay marriage. You can even admire the accomplishments and virtues of Rachel Levine. That does not matter. It doesn’t matter what you do, because we know what you think. Even if you don’t. You are biased – and you better admit it.
Microaggressions. What you say hurts people. It doesn’t matter what you say. It’s up to other people to interpret your words. “Micro” means your offense is too small for you to feel. But others (and by “others” I mean a Berkeley student majoring in gender studies) feel it. You are too obtuse to understand the offensive nature of your own words, but it won’t get past a very sophisticated and sensitive Berkeley student. It doesn’t matter that what you said was meant as a compliment. It doesn’t matter that you were quoting a famous philosopher, or even stating a scientific fact. It only matters that somebody claims that what you say hurts their feelings, and calls the Twitter thought police.
Anti-racism. It may be true that MLK’s dream that you judge people on the content of their character – not the color of their skin – is finally a reality. But being not racist is no longer socially acceptable. Being not racist is now racist. To erase the original sin of your racism (and by racism, I mean being white), you should become an anti-racist.
Being an “anti-racist” means openly admitting your own racism. It means repeatedly apologizing to one “marginalized” community or another every 10 minutes. It means donating large sums of money to Black Lives Matter. It means actively patronizing businesses based on race. It means regularly complaining to Human Resources about your colleagues’ behavior– a perfect way to get rid of somebody in your office that you don’t like.
But even if you do all these things and more, don’t assume that you are absolved from your sins by the social justice crew. You become an “anti-racist” only if the members of the marginalized group de jour accept your efforts. What you do will only count when Ibram Kendi deems your contributions to his struggle as worthy, and not a minute sooner.
Allyship is a manual for slow and painful self-destruction. It is every American woke corporation channeling their inner Chrissy Teigen by telling their fellow celebrity travelers to take “a dirt nap.”
“Race consulting” businesses are here to stay. They permeated Big Tech. They infiltrated universities. They are now in your child’s school. They metastasized into every fabric of American society, and they are shaping the way people around you think – without you even knowing of their existence, up to this moment. “Race consulting” is now a multi-million dollar industry that ensures a high-paying job for every gender studies and social justice graduate. It is a way for America’s most untalented writers who have never had a chance to sell a book, to make money off the guilt they projected upon you.
The higher education’s most useless degrees found a way to make a huge profit, and they won’t give it up without a fight. Is your company pushing “race training” on you? Don’t be their victim. After being embarrassed by their own employees, Disney backed down. So did Coca-Cola.
It’s up to the American people to put racial consulting garbage out of business – the sooner the better.