@JUNIUS_64: we need to find ways to protect the marginalized, the targeted, without giving attention or validity to the message
Alice Clearwater
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I think I’m slowly coming to a conclusion, at least personally, about how hate and bigotry should be handled

we need to find ways to protect the marginalized, the targeted, without giving attention or validity to the message

I always see these two concepts brought up in diametric opposition

one side says “we must engage them to protect one another”, the other says “we must ignore them to maintain order”

I think the key is bringing it together

to say just having this idea is “figuring it out” is wildly inaccurate, honestly, i shouldn’t really put it that way but maybe an inkling of the right direction

I don’t know. Because it’s certainly true that the more you acknowledge them, the more bigots utilize that for self-promotion

But letting them try to pick off the groups they perceive as society’s least defended, in the name of “ignoring them”, is simply untenable

it’s incredibly dangerous to say “just ignore neonazis/ the far right” full stop

they don’t have much actualized power (what they’re really gaining is legitimacy). But what little they do have, they know how to concentrate and aim at the already marginalized and downtrodden

the actualized power they do have is disseminated and diffuse. you can’t pinpoint it easily. it’s under the surface, intermingled with our systems of law and order. they seek positions of power where they won’t be scrutinized too much- police forces have always been a big one

they look for places where they can synergize their personally hateful intentions with the intentions of a greater establishment, slipping comfortably into the status quo

all of this makes combating hatred and extremism even more difficult. it’s not just alt righters stabbing people out on the street, it’s meshed into inescapable power structures

this isn’t a problem I can tell anyone how to solve. I can set a compass for myself and those around me in fighting it, and that’s about it

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