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Today is Day 4 of a 5-day challenge in partnership with Frederick Joseph, author of The Black Friend: On Being A Better White Person, for the Yahoo Life 5-Day Allyship Challenge. On Day 4 of the Yahoo Life Allyship Challenge, advocate Frederick Joseph asks readers to "create space and get out of the way." “What does it mean to create space? I like to define it as looking at the benefits [we] have, and the resources, access and privilege that come along with them,” he says, explaining those who are oppressed need better access to resources and privileges. “Many times the benefits, resources, and privileges that [we] have are only [available] because someone else is being oppressed,” Joseph continues, explaining it is important to move aside. However, he cautions against practising “saviorism,” or doing anything in order to receive favor or praise. “Do the right thing simply because it's the right thing to do,” says Joseph. He points out how white saviorism and “performative activism” can sometimes be seen by white people supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. “One example of performative activism is when people were posting [images of] black squares during the protests of 2020,” Joseph says, emphasizing many had good intentions while posting on social media -- but did reflect on whether their actions would create real change. “The challenge for Day 4 is to find an organization, or an individual, [working] to dismantle systems you benefit from,” Joseph continues.