A Liberal Critique
content warning: discussion of discussion of rape; discussion of critique of an instance of opposition to racism
"Charity over absurdity", 5 of \(\infty\).
A friend pointed out on Facebook (I'm not going to hyperlink.) that they were seriously troubled that the first time I chose to write about race, it was against the idea that we should be doing more to fight racism:
The fact that the first thing that you have ever said about [race] is in defense of structural protections of racism -- even if I, personally, in this case... agree with you -- is highly suspicious, and it is important... to consider carefully how we choose the things about which to be passionate, [especially] publicly passionate, and how those choices influence those around us.
I'm actually pretty sympathetic to this view, though I was heartened by another friend's comment:
I'm not sure if I agree with you that people should make statements that have already been said in order to communicate we are as