Posts tagged institutional violence
I Spent Time in an Elevator with Shia LaBeouf Yesterday

It was fascinating to see how the experiment in the elevator rippled out and struggled and clashed with the institutional standard that demands things be performed in particular ways—ways that tend to cater toward white people. I mean, the Oxford Union is the place that, last year, had a drink special at the bar called the “Colonial Comeback.” So it’s a little hard to argue that it doesn’t have issues on some level, just as every institution does.

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What Jonathan Chait Gets Wrong (And Right) About Political Correctness

The best we, as individuals, can do is remember the human behind the keyboard, the life behind the words, and the story behind the need for a trigger warning or a content note. I firmly believe that righteous anger, challenging of what it means to be powerful, and pointing out problematic behavior (or “calling out,” as it may be) are necessary to any movement toward progress. We have to be willing to be uncomfortable, especially if we are in positions of privilege. But we also have to be willing to see humanity, to empathize, to see the person and not just the mistake.

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