Really appreciating this reflection on “elitism” within social justice activism. It’s not just on college campuses! Thanks to my brother Amer Ahmed for this reflection.
In recent years, I’ve increasingly been noticing a dynamic that I’ve been coming across more and more often on college campuses. More specifically, it is something I’ve observed amongst the social justice communities within campuses (the groups/offices, etc. that use the language of social justice). It’s a dynamic that I believe is even more acute in the more competitive campus cultures in higher education. Am I the only one who has noticed that there is a culture of ‘out-social-justicing’ others? (Yes I’m aware that I completely made up that word/phrase; be warned this will be the last time)
I increasingly have been hearing conversations, particularly amongst students, who seem to duel each other with language that proves that they’re more social justice-ey than someone else. It might involve someone who might say something to the effect of, “Like, he’s such a Cis-gendered, white, straight male who is obviously transphobic without…
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