What to Do When Someone Tells a Racist Joke

Editor’s Note: This video uses the word “dumb” in an ableist way. While we love the humorous and helpful content of the video, we know that ableist language is harmful and we hope that as more and more people learn why, we will collectively erase this language from our vocabulary forever.

Ever wondered how to explain why saying “it’s just a joke” doesn’t fly when someone’s being oppressive?

Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey has a great breakdown of how to respond when someone tells a racist joke. And she’s got the facts to show why these “jokes” have a negative impact that must be stopped.

Find out why speaking up isn’t keeping anyone from making jokes, what we’re really saying when people think we’re being “too PC,” and what to do when someone crosses the line.

With Love,
The Editors at Everyday Feminism



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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 andChescalocs, 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