The first salvo on Gods&Radicals is from Jason Thomas Pitzl, a damn fine essay. I’d normally have much to say, but his words (and the amassing comments) speak quite eloquently for themselves.
Hold tight your wands….
“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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