keeping up with what is political correct is very difficult and it’s easy to get cancelled. Which sounds like i’m sprewing rightwing bs, but if someone knows how to keep up with the trends let me know. (That isn’t spend my life on twitter trending hashtags)

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Many things about “Political correctness” have some theory behind. So focusing only on “the latest words” without understanding the theory is not good. And with theory, i mean for instance how racism works on a structural level, how it is institutionalized, how people grow up with subtle racism.

However, the way our society works, usually there is not much time to understand the theory, so therefore what remains (that is, the only thing many people have energy for) is a notice.

And specifically about racism, many people (including leftist people) usually think they can’t be racist because they fight against the racist society or nazis or right wing people. But they (leftist, progressive people) forget that racism can also be very subtle. Or it can be structurally: so not understanding how black people experience racism (and that is very complicated to understand, trust me) is sometimes hurtful because white people accidentally act in hurtful ways without knowing it is hurtful.

So one big problem black people have when they want to talk about racism is that white, progressive people act like the black person thinks they are right wing kind of racist. This is even more difficult when black people are frustrated because they have to explain the same thing many times to many different white people.

so in essence: i think the biggest thing you can do is NOT to focus on the latest words which are politically incorrect and however understand the political structure behind that. So understand the oppression marginalized people feel. read books. listen to what they say.

Because, when you have a systematic understanding of how marginalized people are oppressed, it is MUCH easier to talk about for black people. Because when black people criticize you, they obviously also don’t want to hurt your feelings but instead they want political change. They want white people to understand how their oppression works.

And one thing that is usually forgotten when talking about the oppression of marginalized people: people have many different opinions. For instance, Black people also sometimes do not agree with each other when talking about the oppression of black people. So you also have to understand their perspective from a inter-sectional point of view. So, for instance: Black people who experience classism because they grew up very poor have a much different perspective on how racism works compared to black celebrities. For Black women it is also very different, because of the intersection of racism and sexism. For queer jewish people who grew up in an orthodox familiy it is also much different. In general, people have a much different history, for instance also because of how their home country.

Or it can be structurally: so not understanding how black people experience racism (and that is very complicated to understand, trust me) is sometimes hurtful because white people accidentally act in hurtful ways without knowing it is hurtful.

I just happen to be listening to a podcast that went over this from the perspective of a conservative white American. When Black people told him about their experiences with racism, he would just kind of dismiss it as anecdotal. That changed when two things happened: he adopted a girl from Ethiopia and he came under attack from the alt-right for opposing Trump. The shear vitriol directed towards his daughter opened his eyes. He described it as a humbling experience that made him realize that he should have trusted people who attempted to share their experiences with him.

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you tease, :p share the podcast link

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https://advisoryopinions.thedispatch.com/p/how-and-why-we-change?s=r

A more in depth article of his experience and opinion is in the show notes. I would recommend that over listening to the actual podcast.

Note that often disagree with the hosts of the podcast, but I think it’s important to listen to other voices as long as they’re somewhat reasonable.

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thanks for this

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