In recent work, I have used the word kadkadua, which is the Ilocano word for comrade and while the word comrade is a loaded word for some, I find myself thinking that it is a more human word than ally.It reminds me of Malcolm X's take on titles. From his interview with Bernice Bass:
Where allyship is connected to causes, comradeship (in the sense of kadkadua) means companionship. In the literal translations for comrade, we see the words mate and friend connected, and to me this makes a world of difference.
In fact, if I think of what kadkadua means to me, it means someone who I consider to be the same as myself.
MALCOLM X: I never accept the term "honorable.
BASS: That's a beautiful title.
MALCOLM X: Well, I'll tell you. Most people I've seen really end up misusing it, and I'd rather just be your Brother Malcolm.