Respectability Politics: Act Like The System So That The System Will Listen?
Yep. nail on the head. I’ve seen way too much compromise of practices and beliefs to accommodate the mainstream, a watering down of our traditions, a culling of anything that might be shocking or offensive to mainstream america and it’s bullshit. Absolute, unadulterated bullshit. We betray ourselves, our community, our traditions, and most of all our Gods when we engage in this type of thing. It’s cowardice pure and simple.
“In the 21st century, respectability is fast shaping up to be the New Closet.” — Mark Simpson, The Guardian
“So what exactly are respectability politics? In short, they are an undefined yet understood set of ideas about how Black people should live positively and how we should define Black American culture. Ironically, they’re usually a huge hindrance to both.” — Maurice E Dolberry, A Line In The Sand
”The twenty-first-century version of the politics of respectability works to accommodate neoliberalism.” — Fredrick C. Harris, Dissent
“The goal of respectability politics may be noble, but the execution is flawed, damaging, and ineffective. By indulging in respectability politics, we acquiesce to the racially biased idea that the actions of individual black people are representative of the whole. We add to the pre-existing burdens of racism and sexism. And we fail to solve our problem, because we move the responsibility for eradicating race and…
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