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Today is Day 5 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 Pledge. “Your final challenge is to prepare for a marathon because this isn't a sprint,” Joseph says, explaining how rectifying 400 years of systemic inequities plaguing the Black community will be long and arduous work. “It [won’t] take a day, week or month to undo what our entire country was founded on.” We cannot begin to gauge how much time it will take to dismantle systems responsible for generations of widespread oppression, he continues. “It's time for the most important part of all this work,” Joseph says. “Understanding this is just the beginning.” He says we must accept the changes we are fighting for may not happen during our lifetime. “That's something that [we] have to be okay with, because every step is important,” Joseph says, encouraging us to stay present while completing this challenge. Due to this, he explains we cannot put a timestamp on how long it will take to overhaul the “systems that many have been benefiting from for generations.” “My final challenge to you is to commit to continuing to do the work,” Joseph says. “By that I mean, create an actual home in your life for your allyship.” Making a “home” for your allyship requires designating a permanent place in your life for antiracism work, he continues. For example, Joseph suggests setting up a recurring donation to organizations that support Black lives or help dismantle systems of oppression, volunteering with an organization and joining (or starting) an anti-racist book club to continue learning how to be a better ally.