"Bridges are never permanent; they must be built again and again through dialogue and coalition work…."

“Bridges are never permanent; they must be built again and again through dialogue and coalition work. In some respects, the impermanence of bridges speaks to the transcience of ally identities. We must resist the notion that claiming an ally identity is a place of arrival rather than a process. Much as placing a sticker on an office door does not de facto make it a safe place, so claiming an ally identity also cannot de facto prepare us to act as an ally in all situations, for we can never imagine all the matrices or formations of the ways race, class, gender, and sexuality shape our personal histories to create complex and complicated subjectivities in particular configurations of time and space where our lives intersect and, often, collide. Indeed, allies-in-process must surrender to the (un)knowable, an act demonstrating respect for others rather than being a mere nod toward “differences” experienced by differently positioned subjects. This act of surrender moves us away from the comforts of social safety secured through inclusive notions of colorblindness, whitewashing, and “straight-washing.” We need to decolonize our imagination of this binary logic and seek ways of conceiving spaces and ally relationships that are mobile and fluid.”

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“Texts of Our Institutional Lives: From Transaction to Transformation: (En)Countering White Heternormativity in ‘Safe Spaces’”

Catherine Fox

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