Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

by Franchesca Ramsey
Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist

by Franchesca Ramsey


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A sharp and timely exploration of race, online activism, and real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars, from veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey.

Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage.

In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other—from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet.

Well, that Escalated Quickly includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538761038
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/22/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 360,658
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Franchesca Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, sought-after speaker, and the host of the award-winning web series Decoded on MTV. With videos topping 12 million views, she has been featured on NPR, Anderson Cooper, CNN, MTV, the BBC, and in the New York Times. A former writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she now has a major late-night television show in development with Comedy Central. She lives in New York City and this is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Girl Walks into the Comments Section 1

1 Famous in Four Hours 7

2 Black-lash 23

3 My Reign as YouTube's Callout Queen 43

4 Between a Loc and a Hard Place: The Chescalocs Story 73

5 Lessons from Going Public, Part 1: If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Spotlight 87

6 Lessons from Going Public, Part 2: Objects on Social Media Are Not as Close as They Appear 103

7 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (It's Lena Dunham.) 111

8 Stop Hating and Start Studying 119

9 Activist Lent 137

10 Unfriended 155

11 Last Name Basis 173

12 Eulogies for Cringeworthy Comments 191

13 Self-Care Is Not Selling Out (Unless It Is) 205

Conclusion: Activism Is Like Long Division-You Have to Show Your Work 215

Franchesca's Simple Explanations of Not-So-Simple Concepts 227

Acknowledgments 243

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