A simple yet direct post today, best summed up with a question …
If we know each other, do you automatically consider us friends?
I know I don’t. In my work, I meet many people, and 99.9% of them seem like AMAZINGLY AWESOME people … still doesn’t mean we are friends.
I ask because it never ceases to amaze me how many people assume themselves to be an ally or a friend just because they know someone indigenous. (As if the possibility of not WANTING to be their friend doesn’t even exist! White privilege much?).
Automatically and almost immediately, they allocate us to the “friend column” like some prize possession that must be catalogued as proof of their allyship.
Why does this give me creepy “I have a black friend” vibes?
Probably because SAME INSANITY!
Like you, I get to decide my friends. Like you, I have acquaintances. Like you, I appreciate allies.
But let’s not get them confused.
The journey continues …
I love you!
Sandi is a Proud Indigenous Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur