I'm seeing so many people new to racial justice labeling themselves as allies, and I want to caution you about using that term. It's not something you can call yourself because true allyship takes time. That title is earned and then given by the people you ally yourself with. And only they can tell you if you are a true ally or someone who does "performative allyship".
True allies understand how to use their privilege to protect and uplift marginalized people. If you're new to racial justice, you're still learning how to use your privilege.
When allies make a mistake, they own it and accept criticism with grace, without shutting down the voices putting them in check, lashing out, or explaining all the "good" things they've done. They don't make themselves a victim. They say, "Thank you for pointing that out. I'm sorry."
Allies change their behavior once they've been corrected. If you are consistently anti racist and then still consistently do harm after being called in, you aren't a true ally. If you consistently uplift Black voices and still center yourself, you are not a true ally. "Performative allyship" does the right things in the wrong way to try to raise the status of the "ally," not increase the visibility and power of the marginalized community the supposedly support.
So thank you for caring and getting involved. And don't make the mistake of thinking you're a leader when you just joined the fight. Take time to listen and learn.#FierceLove