Skip to main content
News

The problem with ‘allyship’

allyship graphic
iStockphoto.com
Evan Meyers ’21

In an article he penned for National Review, Furman University senior Evan Meyers makes an argument against “allyship” and the “Black friends” approach as models for interracial relations, especially in light of the murder of George Floyd. Trusting in the “transformative power of true friendships,” Meyers says both approaches are “two sides of the same coin,” and that “both the ‘Black friends’ argument and allyship ultimately make people of color props, mere means to ends.”

Instead, Meyers encourages “complete friendship” and adds, “Today, in the wake of the Derek Chauvin verdict and the Ma’Khia Bryant shooting, students seeking to fight racism should stop performing sacraments of social justice on Instagram and reject allyship as it is currently understood. Making friends is far better – though admittedly far more difficult – than mere allyship.”

From Birmingham, Alabama, Meyers is the former editor-in-chief of The Paladin, host of the ZoomUni podcast, and will graduate with a bachelor’s in politics and international affairs with a minor in Latin American Studies.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Last updated .

‘Lead bold and thrilling lives’ – Furman celebrates Commencement for the class of 2021

More than 500 students received their degrees in an in-person ceremony in Paladin Stadium.

Yendelela Neely Holson '03

Talent, tenacity and timing lead to connection between trustee and job-seeking senior

Qwameek Bethea ’21 connected with Yendelela Neely Holston ’03 before securing a job at her law firm, where he will gain experience before law school.

Trude Heller passes away at 98

Namesake of Furman's Heller Service Corps was a long-time servant leader in Greenville.

2021 Senior Spotlight

From graduate school to the Fed to a high-powered law firm position, this year's Senior Spotlight students show us what's possible at Furman.