Screenshot from Franchesca Ramsey’s new video on how to be an ally.
Franchesca Ramsey is an awesome video blogger whose work addresses all kinds of social justice issues in quick, engaging, and thought-provoking ways. She can pack more knowledge into a three-minute YouTube video than most people can squeeze into a three-hour lecture.
Her new video on allyship is the perfect thing to watch this week, as we all try to figure out how to deal with the news that there were be no indictment for police officer who killed Eric Garner. Ramsey’s video “5 Tips for Being an Ally” runs through these five ideas:
#1 Understand your privilege.
#2 Listen and do your homework. “It’s not possible for you to learn if you’re not willing to listen.”
#3 Speak up, not over. “The role of an ally is to support.”
#4 You’ll make mistakes, apologize when you do. “Nobody’s perfect.”
#5 Ally is a verb: Saying you’re an ally is not enough, you’ve got to do the work.
Watch it and click through to YouTube for a list of resources she recommends.
Related Listening: Francesca Ramsey is featured on our podcast episode “Space and Power.”
Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media’s online editor.