It’s Time for Resisters to be Intolerant: The Paradox of Tolerance

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What is the Paradox of Tolerance? Guess what, Resistance: you don’t have to be tolerant of intolerance. Intolerance of intolerance has a proud history. The paradox of tolerance, first stated by Karl Popper in 1945, states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. That means that whether or not you punch Nazis, you’re not required to tolerate their words. Or the words of white supremacists — or the words of misogynists, or homophobes or transphobes or Islamophobes. Right about now, as good as that sounds,…

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The Big Tent: Social Justice Builds It Better

Kiteo, His Eyes Closed* (refusal to understand) Democrats have long used the “Big Tent” metaphor for the varied sometimes shaky coalitions that make up the party. In the past, Big Tent has not always meant “take the needs of marginalized people seriously”, in part because we have assumed that rights are a zero sum game and if we give them to some people, we remove them from other and in part because privilege by its nature makes those with privilege blind. But neither of these is excuses going forward. If we want the Democratic party to succeed, we need to…

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Granting Grace in Social Justice Conversations

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What is Grace? For Christians, the idea of grace is that God loves you and forgives you even when you have screwed up really badly. Merriam-Webster describes grace as “free and unmerited”. That means that you don’t deserve grace, it’s given to you. A gift. Not a gift with strings. Not a gift with an attached yabbut. A freely given gift. God (or Goddess, or higher power, or Fate, or whatever floats your boat) isn’t the only being that can grant grace. Dogs are excellent at it. Better than humans, actually. When a dog loves you, she loves you completely.…

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Black People Are Canaries in the Coal Mine

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Black People are the Canaries in the Coal Mine Hey, fellow white people: “Black people are the canaries in the coal mine”. So said @Erika_K_Wilson in a reply to @ShaunKing when he shared the video of the white nurse in Salt Lake City who was arrested for protecting her patient’s rights. Y’all white folk aren’t listening to Erika and Shaun, so maybe you’ll listen if another white person says it. Black people are the canaries in the coal mine. See, it’s exactly what Erika said, but now my white skin gives it weight in your brain. And it was true…

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