When I talk about diversity I often hear about allies. Gay Straight Alliances and various ethnic and racial identity groups talk stress the importance of allies. This is interesting, because I don't think we, as a culture, know what it means to be an ally.
So, just to recap, here is my handy guide to being an ally:1. Throwing away the white hood wont do it. You have to do more than just not be overtly racist.2. Speak up. If you feel uncomfortable with something be said around you, it's always OK to say so. Opposition to oppression that comes from the dominant group is particularly powerful.3. Embrace community building. Don't take away someone else's voice.Almost all people are capable of protecting themselves, but it's always good to communicate that they don't have to... they can count on you for help and support.