Roz Kaveney (rozk) wrote,
Roz Kaveney

Withdrawal method

Various people responded to my earlier post by asking me to shut up and stay the hell out of Racefail. I don't think that there is anything useful I can add to this debate that some people will not represent as me being patronizing to POCs, or appropriating other people's struggles, or whatever.

The real condescension would have been not to engage or only to say what people wanted to hear. I spent this afternoon writing a long post about all of this, but I will keep it to myself for the time being because maybe it would be no more helpful than my last one.

All I will say is this - If any disagreements I might have with any POC or any white ally (other than myself) about what is and what is not appropriate material for discussion result in someone deciding that I am being racist, then respectful discussion and disagreement become too much of a burden for me to continue with them. And I have a great deal of respect for many people I disagree with, except of course when, as sometimes happens, they say things that I consider ageist or sexist.

My apologies to people who have found some of what I have said useful at not going on with this.
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