How to Be a True Ally to Women of Color with Rachel Cargle

Conversations from the Heart - September 7th 2018

Author: Rachel Brathen

Topics: Being of Service, Exciting Guests

Links: Apple Podcasts / Spotify

About the Episode

In this episode, Rachel introduces her community to Rachel Cargle. A writer, speaker, and educator, Rachel Cargle’s work is centered around educating white women on how they can support women of color in genuine ways.

Rachel Cargle begins this discussion by sharing how she began this journey of activism and how she didn’t have a choice as a Black women trying to exist in a world not built to support her.

Oppositely, our host Rachel openly shares her ignorance and her fears as a white woman – how scared she was to have this conversation, to do something wrong, and to come across as racist. This sparks one of the most honest and deep conversations yet, on why it is so crucial for all of us to have this conversation - and why it is a privilege if you choose not to have it.

Offering clear definitions and examples of tone policing, spiritual bypassing, white saviourism and exceptionalism, Rachel Cargle clearly shows how good intentions are not enough to erase our impact on society.

The truest form of love is anchored in action.

Join the conversation, get uncomfortable, acknowledge your mistakes, question your past, and learn how to be a true ally to women of color. As a community we must do this work, allow ourselves to sit with discomfort and not remain quiet.

More about Rachel Cargle

Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood.

Rachel lectures across the US and beyond on topics of unpacking the racist histories of various American systems, affirming in the Black experience with tools of language, concepts, and cultural systems, as well as workshops that address everything from finding one's highest values to exploring the true allyship.

Rachel is the visionary behind many brands, including the Loveland Foundation which provides therapy for Black women and girls in the effort to bring opportunity, access, validation and healing to marginalized people.

You can follow Rachel on Instagram at @rachel.cargle.