Want to be a good ally? Stop talking, and just listen.
That’s what Penn Badgley, former star of CW’s Gossip Girl and current member of the band Mothxr, recommends white people do to effectively support racial justice movements. In an exclusive video for Mic, Badgley explains that “the most important thing to acknowledge right now … is that you’re asking a white male celebrity why it’s important to him to participate in a movement that is not about him.”
Badgley recorded the short video after his activism at #MillionsMarchNYC, highlighted by MSNBC Shift’s Krystal Clear. The actor wanted to make it known that the appropriate way to respond to these types of accolades as an ally of racial justice movements is, “Thanks, but it’s not about me.”
“Ironically, we were studying “The Scarlet Letter,” but isn’t that always the way? The books you read in class always seems to have a strong connection with whatever angsty adolescent drama is being recounted. I consider this. Except for “Huckleberry Finn,” because I don’t know any teenage boys who have ever run away with a big, hulking black guy.”