14 Ways Privileged Allies Can Support Marginalized Communities

14 Ways Privileged Allies Can Support Marginalized Communities

An extensive how-to for privileged allies wanting to take action
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We're at a tense crossroads in the history of the United States. People are unsure what a Trump presidency will look like; even people in his own party don't really seem to know what will happen (does anybody? *eyeballs across the planet widen in fear and realization*).

Last week I wrote about the need for people with greater privilege to support those with marginalized identities who will be potentially targeted by the new administration. Here is a list of various perspectives on the importance of active, intersectional allyship and what allies can actually do in this uncertain time in our nation's history.

1. Truly understand privilege

Essentially, your privileged identities are the ones that society prioritizes as preferable or more deserving of power.

2. If you're not afraid for your life right now, you have privilege.

In the words of @erabrand "If you’re someone who knows you can survive the next four years, the rest of us need you to join us in the work we’ve already been doing. Our lives depend on it."

3. DO NOT burden marginalized communities with your privileged guilt or tears.

They have their own emotions and oppression to process. It's actions not tearful guilt that will dismantle systemic societal oppression. Here's some suggestions for processing your emotions.

4. Small actions are a starting place...

5. But please NO safety pins!

Allyship isn't the latest liberal fashion accessory, it's a commitment to a lifestyle of working for social justice and equality for every marginalized community.

6. Don't be oppressive in the process of educating yourself.


7. ADVOCATE for marginalized communities.

Espicially listen to marginalized people themselves on how to best help them, their families and communities. Here's some perspectives on supporting the disabled community, queer Women of Color and undocumented immigrants.

8. Check on your neighbors

9. Donate

Here's a short list to give you a few ideas.

10. Report discrimination on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites.

This is crucial to keep people accountable for their racist, Islamophobic, homophobic, classist, ableist language and to prevent misconceptions and propaganda from infecting the whole Internet and people's minds.

11. Intervene

This fabulous comic works for other marginalized identities as well. And it doesn't just have to be public transport; harassers exists in workplaces, schools, stores, and online and nobody should have to face that alone.

12. Actions speak louder than lovey sentiments of support.

13. Recognize and own our mistakes as allies.

Apologize, try to right the wrong and keep moving forward, the work doesn't end with your first privileged mistake.

14. Work to fight unjust words and actions of our own privileged peers.

Marginalized communities have myriad forms of oppression they face, they don't need to defend and explain themselves to every ignorant privileged person they meet. This is where you come in as an ally.


Being a good intersectional ally to marginalized communities is a journey. And while you may have hung back before; there's no more time to wait, the United States is at a critical juncture and needs your help. The rights and liberties of your friends, co-workers and neighbors is at stake. Will you walk with them as a ally?

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The 17 Best Unpopular Opinions From The Minds Of Millennials

Yes, dogs should be allowed in more places and kids in less.
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There are those opinions that are almost fact because everyone agrees with them. Waking up early is horrible. Music is life. Sleep is wonderful. These are all facts of life.

But then there are those opinions that hardly anyone agrees with. These ones -- from Twitter, Pinterest and Reddit -- are those types of opinions that are better left unsaid. Some of these are funny. Some are thought-provoking. All of them are the 17 best unpopular opinions around.

1. My favorite pizza is Hawaiian pizza.

2. Binge watching television is not fun and actually difficult to do.

3. I love puns... Dad jokes FTW.

4. Milk in the cup first... THEN the bloody tea.

5. I wish dogs were allowed more places and kids were allowed fewer places.

6. "Space Jam" was a sh*t movie.

7. Saying "money cannot buy happiness" is just wrong.

8. People keep saying light is the most important thing in photographing. I honestly think the camera is more important.

9. Bacon is extremely overrated.

10. Literally, anything is better than going to the gym.

11. Alternative pets are for weird people.

12. Google doodles are annoying.

13. It is okay to not have an opinion on something.

14. It's weird when grown adults are obsessed with Disney.

15. This is how to eat a Kit Kat bar.

16. Mind your own business.

17. There is such a thing as an ugly baby.

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CBS, Please Stop The Racism and Lack of Black Representation On 'Big Brother'

Black houseguests need love too.

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CBS,

It's been nearly four weeks since CBS's summer-long game series "Big Brother" aired. On the 20th season, two people have already been evicted, one of whom is black. From what I've witnessed on the live feeds, there's racial slurs and ignorance galore.

I think that your network is known for casting less than two black people on every season of "Big Brother." If that's your way of creating diversity, then your network has some work to do. Every season is predictable.

If you think about it, most of the black houseguests don't make it far in the game, and it's been obvious. I've never seen a black winner of "Big Brother US," ever, and I'm honestly disappointed in the lack of black representation on the show. I'm also very livid with the evident racism along with it.

I've been a faithful superfan. But, as a black viewer, I find it hard to finish a season knowing there's a predictable chance that a certain houseguest is robbed based on race.

On the 15th season of "Big Brother," for instance, two houseguests were in the center of extreme controversy for making very blunt, racist remarks towards the women of color on the show.

In future seasons, Paul Abrahamian, a competitor for season 18 and 19, wore a black facial mask to resemble the "blackface," a way to mock a black houseguest. While TMZ and other gossip websites covered it, he was never reprimanded for what was considered ignorant, prejudiced behavior.

I'm not saying that "Big Brother" should keep houseguests from expressing their views. That's the purpose of the show. However, there's a difference between expressing your views and using your views to belittle the minority. There's nothing wrong with promoting civil conversations and debates.

I'm saying this because an incident occurred between two houseguests after one said the "N" word loud and clear towards a black houseguest.

JC Mounduix, who was previously accused of sexually harassing girls in the "Big Brother" house, forwardly said the "N" word towards Bayleigh Dayton. This incident started after Dayton questioned if he was a midget or a dwarf based on his very short height.

Mounduix did not apologize for saying the word after Dayton told him not to say it. Instead, he argued with her and believed he had a right to say it. A lot of superfans are angered by this, especially considering Mounduix's history. For one, although he is part of the LGBT community, people have disapproved of his support for President Donald Trump.

Now, I wouldn't isolate anyone based on their views, but there are literally some things you shouldn't say, and the "N" word is one of them.

CBS, I know before a live feed, you have a disclaimer. Your network says that the producers and the network do not agree with the views of the houseguests, but when people say things like the "N" word, you don't do anything about it.

Don't cover this up.

It's clear that we need more black representation on this show. We need the racism to stop. We need the clear ignorance to stop. Something has to be done.

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