Voting rights for blacks does not oppress me.
Equal pay for women does not oppress me.
Same sex marriage does not oppress me.
Neither atheists nor people of other faiths oppress me.
There’s been a lot of whining from people who share these labels with me. Whites fear the black vote. Men are threatened when women demand to be treated equally in society and the workplace. Heterosexuals fear “the gays.” Christians feel oppressed when they themselves are denied the right to use the secular government to force their faith on non-believers.
Obviously these are not blanket statements. People striving for quality and equity have always found allies among those with whom they seek equal status.
I think the first step in being an ally is to recognize that the aspirations of “others” is not a threat to my own aspirations.
What’s the second step? I don’t know. Maybe it’s talking or writing about it. Who know?