Saturday, December 10, 2016
A Call for Civility
Fellow whites, fellow men, fellow heterosexuals, fellow cissexuals:
They DID ask nicely. We ignored them.
They wrote academic, well argued, critical papers with exhaustively precise and careful language. We didn't read them.
They carefully, diplomatically, oh-so-gently explained to us why it hurt. We silenced them.
They calmly explained their life experiences. We invalidated them.
They reasonably laid out the injustice they face. We turned away.
They worked within the system. The system failed them.
They created parallel societies. We destroyed those societies.
They gently explained a lifetime and legacy of grievances. We told them to get over it.
They protested peacefully. We walked around them.
Then they grew angry. And we have the gall to tell them we might pay attention and we might redress if they'd only calm down and be reasonable.....
Can WE please be civil for a change.