This zine comes out of the post-Ferguson debates about race, ally politics, identity, solidarity, and rioting. The zine presents a number of important readings on the topic including “Accomplices Not Allies,” “Ain’t No PC Gonna Fix It, Baby,” “On Non-profit Certified ‘White Allies’ and Privilege Theory,” “Outside Agitators,” and others. This is an essential zine that compiles many of these previously published pieces into one volume.
Revolutionary Solidarity: A Critical Reader for Accomplices
In seeking oppressed groups to take direction from, white folks often end up tokenizing a specific group whose politics most match their own. “What does the NAACP [or Critical Resistance, or the Dreamers] think about this?” Likewise, they may latch on to the most visible “leaders” of a community because it is quicker and easier to meet the director of an organization, minister of a church, or politician representing a district than to build real relationships with the people those leaders purport to represent. This approach to dismantling racism structurally reinforces the hierarchical power that we're fighting against by asking a small group to represent the views of an entire category of people with radically different lived experiences.