How to be an ally if you are a person with privilege

Stop and ask yourself things like:

  • What does it mean to be white/heterosexual/male/cisgender/upper class (etc) in this situation?
  • Would I be listened to if I didn’t hold this privilege?
  • Is this an oppurtunity for everyone, or is this an oppurtunity ONLY given to me for any reason?
  • Notice: How people of different abilities, people of color, LGBT people, non-cisgender people, middle-class and working class people, people of size, etc, are promoted, seen, treated, and talked about.
  • Am I stepping into a situation where someone is not being listened to because of their gender, identity, race, sexuality, etc. Am I making sure everyone is getting the same chance to express their opinions?
  • Am I interupting an offensive joke made towards a target group?

These are just a few things you can ask yourself to make sure you are actively being an ally to people who are different than you, and not abusing your power as a privilege group member.

To get more information on this topic, here are some great resources:

What do you think it means to be an ally? Comment below and let me know!

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How Racism Plays Out

Once again, this is from the camp I went to, CLI. This is what we came up with:

How Racism Plays Out in Schools

  • Deragatory terms towards racial groups
  • Racist jokes
  • Assumptions made my looking at your skin color
  • Teachers expecting white kids to be smarter and acting shocked when a person of color knows the right answer
  • Seperation in social groups
  • Teachers trying to help white students get their grades up, and not the students of color.

How Racism Plays Out in the Community

  • Racial Profiling
  • Negative comments about biracial couples
  • Seperated social groups
  • Gang injunction

What we Can Do:

  • Talk to the administration about whats going on
  • Help the administration focus on equity
  • Come together
  • Be friends with people of all different races
  • Educate community members
  • Stand up to people saying racists comments
  • Raise awareness about whats going on in different ways

Maybe this will give you an idea of how to stop racism in your community and notice how it plays out. Comment below and let me know your expiriences with racism in the community! Photo from Google Images (:

My top 5 movie and book recommendations for the activist (:

1. Book: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler – This is a book that has stories from women all over the world! I read it, and it was so amazing and eye-opening! It is a book that you will love if you are interested in feminism and body acceptance. You don’t have to be a woman to enjoy this book, it’s great for anyone to read! Its educational in a fun and engaging way.

2. Movie: Paris is Burning Directed by Jennie Livingston- According to Wikipedia, it is “Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.” It is a great film to watch if you are interested in LGBTQQA history, gender,or  people of color in the queer community. It is a powerful, educational film.

3. Book: I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler (again)- Eve Ensler is an AMAZING author. This book is about the “secret life” of girls, all over the world. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it is a book that almost everyone can probably relate to. It is powerful and well-written. It is a great book to read if you are interested in gender, feminism, or women’s studies. Once again, this book isn’t only for women, it is educational and it can speak to anyone.

4. Movie- Save the Farm Directed by Michael Kuehnert- This is a short documentary about the nation’s largest urban farm in Los Angeles. It is a great film to watch if you are interested in farming, being environmentally friendly, nutrition, and environmental activism. It also shows poverty in a big city, so if you are interested in classism, watch! This movie almost made me CRY!! I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s really inspiring.

5. Movie: Boys Don’t Cry Directed by Kimberly Peirce- Saddest. movie. ever. But it is a movie that I think everyone should watch. It is about a transgender teen who is biologically female, trying to pass as male. I think it really shows the hate that is directed towards the queer community and it is based off of a true story. Its educational, and it will  help you have a better understanding of how it is to have to hide who you are. If you are interested in learning about gender, hate crimes,or  the LGBTQQA community, you must watch this movie!!

If you have seen any of these movies or read any of these books, comment below and let me know what you think of them! Also, let me know your favorite books and movies for the activist! Thanks (: