Saturday Night Live’s Sasheer Zamata: Let’s Talk About Privilege

Sasheer Zamata Says Women's Rights Still a BFD!

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Hi, it's Sasheer Zamata, from Saturday Night Live! It's my privilege to serve as the new ACLU Celebrity Ambassador for the Women’s Rights Project, and speaking of privilege, I’m writing today to talk about the “P” word.

Some of us have more of it than others, and through no fault of our own. It’s a silent benefactor that helps us even when we don’t know it, making structural discrimination difficult to see. And it disproportionately affects women.

That’s why I’m working with the ACLU to shine a spotlight on gender and privilege — check out this video on Facebook and share it with your friends and family.

The fight to protect and advance the rights of women and girls is far from over.

We’ve made incredible strides in the past several decades, and they benefit me greatly. My dreams of working as a comedian and cast member on Saturday Night Live are a reality because of the great work people did before me to ensure diverse voices can be heard.

But women still face greater barriers in employment, education, health care, and criminal justice — especially those of color and living in poverty. In the U.S. today, women make 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man — with African-American women only earning 64 cents, and Latinas earning 55. I wish I were joking.

Plus, a woman’s right to choose is threatened by extreme lawmakers who have introduced more than 100 abortion restrictions in 2015 alone. And few legal protections exist for pregnant workers and new mothers — even though women are the primary breadwinners in 4 out of 10 families with children.

Please watch this video to learn more, and help us do something about it by spreading the word.

Thanks for continuing this conversation. It’ll be my privilege to work with you on this!

Sasheer

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An actual human

Could the same troll strop trolling hard all over the comments on this post please? God friggin' god almighty.

Kat Oliver

BRILLIANT! AND from the looks of White P comments you've struck a nerve! BRAVO! WP needs to stay angry and blind to validate their position. Reminiscent of fox news using its endlessly scrolling byline as source & citation to validate their misinformation "programming" (white privilege) narrative!

Angry middle cl...

As a middle class white male, living in the South - yes, the South! - I am absolutely sick and tired of hearing my race and gender called out as being privileged - meaning I get anything and everything I want and always treated with the utmost respect, right? Wrong! - and no one else has the opportunity to live the 'American Dream' as they are held back because of their race or gender or sexual orientation. If anything, the middle class white male has to be so very careful to not say or do anything that might be misconstrued as racist or sexist. I am a very open minded person, although I consider myself conservative, as I want my children and grandchildren to be raised as I was, which is to respect others and treat them as you would want to be treated. Instead of this constant reminder that 'slavery existed, don't forget it' (which by the way, while primarily owned by white plantation owners, black people owned slaves as well - read the history books that are NOT included in US classrooms) or 'we are gay and have rights too and have been treated horribly' or 'women have constantly been held back and yet had to work and be mothers, keep a household in check, etc.' let's really focus on moving forward, forgive us ALL for the things that have happened and we have done in the past and MOVE ON! That is not to say that history should be forgotten as we have to learn from our past but there are generations of young people - of ALL races - who think they are ENTITLED to handouts because of previous wrong doings and that itself is wrong. Hard work, drive, honesty and ambition is what people must use to get ahead in life! My last point - since I saw a comment that a white guy must have been offended by the video - is that yes, I was and am offended by it because it makes a general assumption about my race and DON'T speak for me unless you know me. I know other races and sexes and sexual orientation groups would be mad as hell if the same was done about them!

PS: As far as abortion goes, either use protection (BOTH partners) as who has not ever heard of in today's society not being able to get birth control (most health care centers and/or schools give it out for free for pity's sakes) - or do not sleep around unless you are willing to take the risk of getting pregnant.

Anonymous

I'm all for equality in the work place, but what about equality in a social aspect. Now on the first date: you want to pay (now lets not row and bat those eyes, second date hahahaha), or split the check (forgot my cash)?

Men will always make more and if a women makes more then good luck finding a guy willing to take the submissive role in our society, (Viagra does not work for that kind of shrinkage).

At gatherings with friends, girls always ask what he does and how much he makes and guys ask what does she look like. Really shrinkage!!!!

However, I would not mind being any of the following straight guys (being gay and all): Kevin Federline, Stedman Graham, Cash Warren, Bill Clinton (except she don't know what a bj is) and many more lucky men with hot women with serious pocket change is awesome.

White privilege: is not a race thing although more white men are wealthier than other brothers from colored mothers or fathers. Trust me when I tell you that if you ever dated one of these guys and they wanted you, the sh*t all of them would put you through from marking your identity, to messing up your career, to forcing you to pursue a career in their field, all to trap and strap your derriere to him.

And the SH*T if you are not with him, basically be working the rest of your life, good luck finding another one within your age range and singing those abba song.

Earth

i can't believe they littered and walked away, I don't need that kind of micro aggression against me.

Lonely

No body will read my comment

Anonymous

Straight up Sasheer. Thank you for speaking out, you speak the truth. Love to you & the ACLU.

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