White women, it's time to make some changes in 2018. By now we're well aware of the stats: the 53 percent of white women who voted for Donald Trump last November, and over 60 percent who voted for Roy Moore this year. But it's not just the voting records: it's the social movements that, despite their best efforts, continue to put white feminism front and center, from the Women's March to #MeToo. And these are just the large-scale, macro-aggressions women of color see play out in the news near-daily. If you asked most people of color about the micro-aggressions they face on a regular basis, you would probably get a serious wake-up call. That's why in 2018, there are a few New Year's resolutions white women can make to be better allies to people of color.
If you feel defensive at the idea of making a specific resolution, or that white women are being singled out, know that it's not done in condemnation; it's an opportunity to get educated, and to do better by the folks you're allied with. You may not personally have voted for Trump or Moore. You may have been leading the charge to make your local feminist space more intersectional and accessible. That's a great start. But even the wokest white ally can unknowingly perpetuate pretty problematic behaviors, and part of the process of understanding privilege, marginalization, and the way they intersect is to listen.
Here are three things white women can do in 2018 to unlearn problematic behavior, and do better by women of color.