It’s the time of the year when many people are spending time with their families, including relatives who don’t share the same social or political opinions. And sometimes that can show up as racism. *sigh*
Given that everyone’s come together for the holidays, you may be feeling more uncomfortable with the thought of checking your cousin’s privilege over dinner. At the same time, you don’t want to let them think you’re ok with what they’re saying.
Fortunately, Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey provides five comebacks that you can have ready if a relative starts saying racist comments.
The Editors at Everyday Feminism
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Please check out the following Everyday Feminism articles for more information on how to talk about racism:
- How To Talk To Someone About Privilege Who Doesn’t Know What That Is
- Yes, Racism Is Still a Problem — Here Are 4 Ways to Fight It Together
- 10 Simple Ways White People Can Step Up to Fight Everyday Racism
- “That’s Racist Against White People!” A Discussion on Power and Privilege
- Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism!
- Put Out Internalized Racism: Why Solidarity Between People of Color Matters
- How White LGBTQIA+ People Can Be More Inclusive of People of Color
Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey is a graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 100k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, chescaleigh and chescalocs, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com, and The BBC. In January 2012, Franchesca had her first viral video “Shit White Girls Say…to Black Girls” which accumulated 1.5 million views in 24 hours, 6 million views in a week and over 9 million views to date. Follow her on Twitter @chescaleigh.
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