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Redeeming LeadershipAn Anti-Racist Feminist Intervention$
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Helena Liu

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529200041

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529200041.001.0001

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White Allyship

White Allyship

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Redeeming Leadership

Helena Liu

Policy Press

This chapter addresses white readers in particular and acknowledges the guilt and shame that they may experience when engaging in difficult dialogues about race and racism. It analyses the concept of white allyship and, in particular, emphasises the need to understand white allyship as an ongoing process of redoing whiteness rather than a fixed identification. The chapter also delineates the concept of abolishing whiteness and applies it to leadership and organisations as a strategy to dismantle white supremacy. It explores how becoming a ‘race traitor’ comes with considerable risks, where white allies are often met with hostility from their white peers, and how they may overcome these challenges.

Keywords:   White allies, White shame, White fragility, Redoing whiteness, Abolishing whiteness

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