A performative ally is an individual or institution engaged in surface-level activism that does not bring lasting change. It does, however, allow the perpetrator to feel good about their actions.

Performative allyship often comes in the form of vague statements about injustice. These statements feel hollow because they usually lack self-awareness, accountability, or any understanding of the deep-rooted, systemic issues that made the Black Lives Matter movement necessary in the first place.