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Have you ever tried to explain things like white privilege or male privilege to someone who just doesn’t get it? Well, this video from the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project might just help.

Starring of Saturday Night Live, the video follows Zamata and her clueless white male friend as they discuss equality in America.

While her friend, Sean, thinks our country has made great strides and is pretty equal, Zamata finds herself getting harassed by everyone from cat-callers to the police, and encountering billboards and magazines that reenforce notions of white male privilege.

In the end, Sean comes to realize that women and people of color have it a lot harder, but not before he starts to recognize his own privilege.

Now, if only real life convos could be this easy…

Take a look.

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  • Mico

    This video is on point, and it would be wonderful if the ending was how it would be in real life. However, too many wp choose not see or acknowledge our humanity and try to further strip us of humanity at every turn. They can’t deny us that or take it away, because it is God given, but oh do they try. Even when they do acknowledge it, when it comes to giving up any of their privilege, so that others can be on the same playing field and have the same opportunities that they have, they then try to duhumanize by claiming that we didn’t work hard enough, don’t deserve it, and insert racist steretype here. Everything that I said about wp can also be said about men, black men included.

    • Rizzo

      that was harsh about the black man being included …

    • Mico

      I usually agree with you on many things, but I will have to respectfully disagree on this. I should have also included all men of color, as any man regardless of race has male privilege and benefits from sexism and the system of patriarchy. They may not all benefit in the same ways, and may also suffer from other social inequalities, such as being poc, poor, disabled, lgbtq, etc. But at the end of the day, they benefit from sexism. Since this is true, it would also follow that yes, too many men (including black men) dehumanize women, or at least attempt to. Too many black men participate and further this system of inequality, and while they may not have as much power a white women, they still maintain their power over black women and other woc.
      So I don’t feel I have been too harsh in calling black men out for their continued participation in a system that is killing women, in particular black women or other woc. I and others in the same vein are not being too harsh by calling out racism and its perpetrators, as it is also killing black peoples globally. I do feel it is harsh for women to be beaten, raped, sexually and verbally harassed and accosted, having no recourse and often being blamed for the crimes perpetrated against them. I do feel it is harsh for women to have to alter their lives in fear of being stalked and followed, spit at, stabbed, killed etc, just because a man thought he was entitled to their bodies. It is more than harsh for the teen and women who have been featured in this week’s clutch cycle alone, who were raped, house burned, or beaten just because once again some man decided that they were not human and that he was entitled to their bodies.

    • Rizzo

      thank you for the compliment. i enjoy reading your thoughts as well. on this subject, your comments were exceptional. you are right.

    • Mico

      Thank you as well. Hope you enjoyed your weekend and have a great week.

    • Rizzo

      you are more than welcome. looking forward to upcoming topics and reading comments during the coming week.

  • I have looked at
    the video and it is an excellent video. It showed many great points about race,
    intersectionality (which means that people are oppressed based on race, class,
    gender, nationality, etc.), and community. The video is accurate to show that
    many whites who claim to be our “allies” fundamentally ignore the legitimate
    views and concerns of black people. Even in 2015, we still have to fight
    against gender wage inequality, racism, discrimination, police brutality,
    bigotry, and other evils. More people have to wake up and see that white
    privilege and male privilege are realities that have historically harmed the
    lives of black people, people of color, and women (especially black women).
    Oppression is structural, so we want structural change. We not only want us to
    be treated as human beings on an individual level. We want society as a whole
    to be fundamentally changed where institutions of discrimination are gone and
    where power is radically redistributed both economically and politically. The
    video is instructional and it shines a light on how far that we have to go.
    Also, it is a reminder that we can speak our minds and allow our voices to be
    heard. Change comes by struggle, determination, focus, mobilization, and
    organization. We ought it to our ancestors to do what is right and we will
    fight for our liberation by any means necessary. I send great respect to Sister Sasheer Zamata.

  • Mary Burrell

    Many white males because of their privilege and patriarchy are just tone def and obtuse.

  • mywordsaremypower

    I like the idea and will always advocate for more things to educate and open peoples eyes. Unfortunately some people are just like walking with their eyes glued shut in the dark. If you ask me it is rather strange behavior but they assure me its because they feel it is best way to see the world. Strange right?