#WoWaWildBookClub – “Allyship”

Hi #WoWaWildBookClub Readers!! I cannot tell you how pleased I am to see your responses from our first session. It is so great to see learning in action! You can view the responses from your fellow readers here from session 1.

I am currently road tripping around the USA right now, so my reading has been great, but my writing has not been- it’s hard to find wifi out here in the desert! Excited to dive deeper with you all in our second session of this book club.

Happy reading and learning friends!!

xx Chelsie

Thank you as always to Becks Woodruff and Katie Fox for their incredible support and expertise in this process.


Theme: “Allyship”

Reading: Chapters 9-15

Submit responses to your reflection in the #WoWaWildBookClub Session One Response Form or find the form at the bottom of this page.


Reflect:

1. In the first section on p. 112, following Hailey’s fried chicken comment, Starr states: “You can say something racist and not be a racist!” Tension between Starr and Hailey continues to mount in the second section.

On p. 243 Hailey says, “I’m not apologizing when I didn’t do anything wrong. If anything, she should apologize for accusing me of being racist last week.”

Take some time to contemplate why being called (or feeling as if you have been called) a racist has essentially become a slur in white society. Why do you think white folks often become defensive when confronted with their expression of a racist idea or action? Does a racist idea or action make someone a racist? Explain.

2. While Starr, Maya, and Hailey watch the interview with One-Fifteen’s father, Hailey says, “That poor family. … His son lost everything because he was trying to do his job and protect himself. His life matters too, you know?” Starr begins to leave the room, and Hailey continues, “Are you serious right now? … What’s wrong with saying his life matters too?”

Starr replies, “His life always matters more! … That’s the problem!”

Reflect on the notion of “All lives matter.” Starr observes, “His [the officer’s] life always matters more.” What does Starr mean by this? In what ways do you see this reflected in our society? Why is it important to highlight specifically that Black Lives Matter? That Black Trans Lives Matter?

3. In this section, Williamson Prep students decide to protest Khalil’s death. How is this different from the uprisings in Garden Heights? Reflect on the reactions of various white students at Williamson: Hailey, Maya, the sophomore girl from p. 185-186, Jess, and Chris. How have you reacted in similar situations? After considering the reactions of these characters (and Starr’s analysis of them), what are some ways you can take a genuine antiracist approach to such situations moving forward?

4. In chapter 9 (p. 154), Starr’s mom says, “Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.” How does this statement relate to the book? How does this statement relate to white folks’ role in antiracism?


Here are ways outside of the book that you can explore this topic with podcasts, videos, articles and social media!


Listen:

1. That’s Not How That Works ep. 19 Let’s Cut the BS: From Ally to Accomplice

Watch:

1. 5 Tips for Being an Ally by Franchesca Ramsey

2. Allyship is the Key to Social Justice by Whitney Parnell

Read:

1. How to Be An Antiracist: A Conversation with Ibram X. Kendi by Zenobia Jeffries Warfield

2. Ally or Co-Conspirator?: What It Means to Act #InSolidarity by Move to End Violence

3. 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship by Mirelle C. Harper

Follow:

Mireille C. Harper @mireillecharper on Instagram and Twitter

@rachel.cargle on Instagram, @RachelCargle on Twitter, and on rachelcargle.com

@laylafsaad on Instagram and on laylafsaad.com

@ijeomaoluo on Instagram, @IjeomaOluo on Twitter, and on ijeoma oluo.com

Explore:

1. Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice

2. Ally & Accomplice: Two Sides of the Same Coin


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