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Black lives don't need performative allies

Déjà Rollins, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


In the summer of 2020, supporting Black lives in the struggle for equality became trendy on social media. Almost a year later, the hashtags are gone and nothing has changed. In this powerful talk, Déjà D. Rollins explains how performative allies not only do Black people no good, they cause them harm as well. She powerfully exhorts others to become accomplices in the fight for justice.

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