Let’s Talk About Respectability Politics… Part 1

Respectability Politics Won't Save You T-shirt
Respectability Politics Won’t Save You T-shirt

What is it?

In the simplest of terms, It is the idea that in order for oppressed groups to be treated like human beings, they have to behave better. This is commonly taught within black communities and then enforced by white outsiders. So we’re taught that in order for  institutionalized racism to stop, we have to talk differently, dress differently, and be nice to those who are harming us.

 

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