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Chelsea Handler’s Beautiful and Open Mind

Chelsea Handler’s Beautiful and Open Mind

An unexpected look into White Supremacy.

What is white supremacy?

White supremacy is the notion that white people are superior to other races, and should therefore dominate them. The conversation of race is becoming more prevalent, and as such should be analysed. Aside from being a stellar comedian and actress, Chelsea Handler has chosen to use her platform to bring awareness to issues surrounding race and equality.

Chelsea has added new and inviting content onto her platforms, to combat racism with anti-racism. Participating in such movements is crucial for the world for many reasons. Firstly we are currently in the middle of a global pandemic. Secondly, the world is finally being punched in the gut with all of the decisions and consequences they made 400+ years ago.

Black people and other people of colour have been tormented for many years, and they finally have nothing to lose. What we are currently witnessing, is a marginalised group of people who are choosing to fight against injustice and inequality.

Chelsea uses her Instagram platform, to “share the mic“, and educate those who may not have the time to do so. ‘Share the mic’ is an activity performed on social media, whereby individuals who have large platforms, invite activists who have important issues to communicate, to broadcast their message to a much wider audience. Think about Marlon Brando giving the Native Indian community, a chance to bring attention to issues, during the Oscars. Chelsea has been using her platform to share the mic, with those who would like to educate individuals about issues that people of colour face.

Chelsea Handler

If you follow Chelsea Handler on Instagram, then you already know how much she confidently stands up for human rights. She has used all of her platforms, to speak about issues surrounding politics, race and sexism. To name a few. These actions open up a space to have the difficult dialogue, and truly face the issue so that we can collectively come up with solutions. No more blame games.

“If you get defensive when someone explains white supremacy to you, then you suffer from not knowing enough yet. There’s no shame in that, but there is a lot of shame in denying the oppression of black people in order to serve whites better in this country.”

Taken from Chelsea Handler

Education is not always easy, especially if it means unlearning behaviours that cause unconscious/conscious bias. We have comprised some tips below, for you to find educating yourself easier. The Chelsea Way.

CHELSEA FEED TIPS

Most of our tips below are simple, but they won’t work unless you keep an open mind!

  • Educate yourself on an important worldly issue, and then share your findings with your followers.
  • Watch short videos which explain complex theories, such as white supremacy.
  • Follow at least one new person on social media, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
  • Try to watch/listen to different news outlets (which can sometimes be emotionally draining).
  • Have a dialogue with someone online or in real life to get their opinions on these issues.

Benefits of these tips:

Our personal favourite tip has to be point number five. This is because educating yourself is not an easy task. You may be busy, and not have the time nor the energy to immerse yourself into a world, which can potentially upset you.

Having an open dialogue informs you in an eye-opening way, so you can take your time when digesting information. When speaking to someone, you have the luxury of comprehending what is being said, whilst learning at your own pace. The individual who is teaching you something new will be vigilant towards social queues. They can therefore get a feel for when they’ve given you enough information for one day.

Speaking to people about issues is quite possibly one of the oldest tricks in the books. It allows us to relieve stress about anything and everything. This is why having a second and third party there to help inform you is invaluable.

Chelsea Handler showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Chelsea shows support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Looking Ahead

We are not fortune-tellers so we don’t know what it holds. However, it does look promising. The world is now aware that race is not an exclusive problem, which we leave the vulnerable to fight on their own. We must stand up for what is right and condemn injustice. Read our Editor’s views on where she would like to see the future development.

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