Allies are so important to social justice movements, but for some, it’s an intimidating and daunting role to undertake.
How do you know when and where you’re needed? How do you know what lines not to cross, and how do you make amends if, and when, you do cross them?
Fortunately, Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey provides five insightful, conscientious, and action-oriented tips on how to recognize your privilege and use that privilege be a better ally to communities who experience systemic oppression and injustice.
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Please check out the following Everyday Feminism articles for more information on how to be an ally:
- ‘Ally’ Is More Than a Label — It’s an Action
- 30 Ways to Be a Better Ally in 2014
- So You Call Yourself an Ally: 10 Things All ‘Allies’ Need to Know
- Intent vs. Impact: Why Your Intentions Don’t Really Matter
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.