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Being A White Ally In the Fight For Racial Justice

What does it mean to be a white person who wants a place in the Black Lives Matter movement? Some say it starts by acknowledging you’re white. We talk about how to be what activists call ‘white allies.’


  • Anna Svoboda-Stel is a community organizer and community health worker from Kansas City. Anna has been a core member of the local organization One Struggle KC for almost 2 years, and has recently become involved in Showing Up For Racial Justice KC.
  • Alice Chamberlain is a professional organizer and one of the founding members of SURJ KC.
  • John Tramel is a social worker with experience in the areas of community organizing, community development, mental health, domestic violence, and social justice education and organizing.
Kyle Palmer is the editor of the Shawnee Mission Post, a digital news outlet serving Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. He previously served as KCUR's news director and morning newscaster.
Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.