MTV Host Teaches Straight White Men How to Use Their Privilege to be a Good Ally

Franchesca Ramsey, the host of MTV’s YouTube series Decoded, provided 5 tips on how to be a good ally. According to Ramsey, an ally is “someone who wants to fight for the equality of a marginalized groups that they are not apart of.”

Tip #1: Understand Your Privilege

To Ramsey’s credit, she admits that having privilege does not mean you are automatically rich or have had an easy life.  She claims that privilege means there are certain obstacles some people will not experience solely based on their identity. For example, she states that there are 29 states people can be fired for being gay. However, that occurrence is extremely rare, and if an employer truly hates a worker solely based on their sexuality, they will make up another excuse to fire them.

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Tip #2: Listen And Do Your Homework

According to Ramsey, a good ally should shut up and listen to people from so-called marginalized groups. However, moral licensing is a terrible argument. As Ben Shapiro most famously stated, “facts don’t care about your feelings.” For example, many Black Lives Matter supporters claim that unarmed black Americans are being unjustly targeted by the police. However, in 2016, there were 16 unarmed black men who were shot and killed by police. Even assuming that each death was unjustified, it is certainly not the institutional crisis Black Lives Matter portrays it to be. To put it in perspective, a police officer is 18.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by a black man than an unarmed black man is to be shot and killed by the police.

Tip #3: Speak Up, Not Over

Ramsey states than a good ally should use their privilege to educate others while not speaking over the community they are trying to support.

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Tip #4: Apologize When You Make Mistakes

Franchesca admits that no one is perfect, stressing the importance of apologizing when a mistake is made. She continues by claiming that intent does not matter, impact does, declaring that when people with privilege are “called out” by someone within a marginalized group, they should listen, apologize, commit to changing their behavior, and move forward.

Tip #5: Ally is a Verb

Franchesca insists that proclaiming to be an ally is not enough, demanding they must “do the work.” She suggests following the first four tips in an ongoing cycle.

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