Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

This article is from four years ago, but I am sharing this because I know many people I know and work with are unfamiliar with the difference between ally and accomplice. I’m talking more and more about accomplices because enough with allies who parachute in occasionally, feel good about themselves, and never risk anything. To me, risking something is the difference between ally and accomplice. So I want people to know this term. Anyway. In case you needed this break down, here it is.

—tk

 

An Indigenous perspective & provocation.

This provocation is intended to intervene in some of the current tensions around solidarity/support work as the current trajectories are counter-liberatory from my perspective. Special thanks to DS in Phoenix for convos that lead to this ‘zine and all those who provided comments/questions/disagreements. Don’t construe this as being for “white young middle class allies”, just for paid activists, non-profits, or as a friend said, “downwardly-mobile anarchists or students.” There are many so-called “allies” in the migrant rights struggle who support “comprehensive immigration reform” which furthers militarization of Indigenous lands.

Read on here: Accomplices Not Allies: Abolishing the Ally Industrial Complex

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The Sin of Omission

“Television, like its big sister, the motion picture, has been guilty of the sin of omission… Hungry for talent, desperate for the so-called ‘new face,’ constantly searching for a transfusion of new blood, it has overlooked a source of wondrous talent that resides under its nose. This is the Negro actor.” — Rod Serling, Creator of The Twilight Zone (quoted in The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree).

 

Season 1, Episode 27, “The Big Tall Wish,” features an all-Black principal cast. You can stream it on Netflix: The Twilight Zone (Original Series) | Netflix