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Marilyn Monroe’s Guide on How to Be a Good Ally

Happy Birthday Marilyn!

Back in the 50s actress Marilyn Monroe used her white privilege and star power to be an excellent ally. Happy Birthday, Norma Jeane!

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Kindly White Gentleman Speaks Searing Truths About School Shootings, Are We Listening Now?

We've said similar things to the opinions delivered in the news clip after the jump by veteran sportscaster Dale Hansen. However, we know that here at The Mary Sue we're mostly a staff of hysterical women (half of us of color!) and one white dude some might be suspicious of, because he spends all day working with hysterical women. So, here's an older white gentleman preaching some truths about school shootings in America. Are you listening now?

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Why Are People So Upset Over This T-Mobile Super Bowl Commercial Advocating Equality?

During yesterday's Super Bowl, T-Mobile dedicated their ad time to the issue of equality. In their commercial, titled "#LittleOnes," Kerry Washington gives a voice-over pep talk to a group of babies.

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Head of Air Force Academy Responds to Racism Against Cadets: “If You Are Outraged, You’re in the Right Place”

"If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out."

"If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race or a different color skin with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”

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What’s the Better Way to Fight Neo-Nazis: Hugs or Fists? Samantha Bee Explores

I'm most definitely not going to be hugging any Nazis. But I do appreciate those who are.

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Win or Lose, Miss Texas Is My Miss America 2018 After Her Takedown of Trump’s Charlottesville Response

While being anti-racist should never be seen as heroic—because it's simple, human decency—there are times when we take it for granted that people will keep their views more "diplomatic." The Miss America pageant is generally seen as one of those times. This year, however, it seems that both the Miss America pageant, and Miss Texas, Margana Wood, know that today's political climate requires directness.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Calls Trump What He Really Is—America’s First (Truly) White President

Ta-Nehisi Coates calls Donald Trump the U.S.'s "first white President." I know what you're thinking: Wait a minute, every single President of the U.S. has been white except Barack Obama. Technically, you're right, but what Coates is referring to is the fact that no President before Trump has ever as openly or aggressively traded on whiteness the way he has, making the power whiteness wields explicit.

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Jessica Chastain Is Listening, Which Is a Good Start—Here’s Hoping She’s Also Learning and Doing

A couple of days ago, we talked about a Twitter exchange between actress Jessica Chastain and a fan about violent vs. non-violent protest that included Chastain taking personal offense at the fan's use of a Martin Luther King Jr. quote that talked about a specific type of white ally. Yesterday, she posted a video trying to clarify her intentions regarding anti-racism activism and her desire to be of better service.

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Jessica Chastain’s Tweet Highlights White Privilege and the Focus on “I”

Jessica Chastain has generally been a positive voice speaking out against injustice. If you look at her Twitter feed, you can see that she is someone who takes activism seriously, and tries to use her large platform for good. Which is why a recent tweet of hers in response to someone challenging her use of a Martin Luther King quote was so surprising.

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Joe Biden’s Op-Ed On Trump’s Support of White Supremacists: “We Have to Do What He Will Not”

"We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support," says Biden, denouncing Trump's horrid response to the hate rally and pardon of Joe Arpaio.

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Later, Haters: University of Texas, Austin Quietly Removes Confederate Statues

And Baltimore wants to replace one of theirs with Missy Elliott.

The University of Texas at Austin quietly removed four their Confederate statues overnight.

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From Durham to Boston, We Saw Why You Don’t Just Ignore Fascists. You Outnumber Them.

When white supremacists threatened to show up in Durham and Boston, the people of those cities showed up to outnumber and outshine them.

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