“There’s a war going on out there, and we need warriors. Social justice warriors!”
Have you ever been called a social justice warrior? The term, also referred to as SJW, began as an insult against people who care about ending oppression.
But how can striving for justice and equality be a bad thing? You might want to reclaim the term as a badge of pride after you check out this video starring one person qualified to lead us into anti-oppression battle – the insightful and hilarious Franchesca Ramsey.
In this “leaked footage,” Franchesca reveals how social justice warriors are made – in a hardcore training camp that includes learning how to disarm fake facts, navigate toxic comments sections, and respond to accusations of being “too PC.”
Think you could make it through to join the fight against oppression? Keep this in mind the next time you’re derided just for giving a damn – it really shows how absurd it is to use “social justice warrior” as an insult.
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 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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