Humanity and respectability politics

So here is the deal. Racism relies on the belief that the oppressed are in someway inferior, not fully human, and thereby don’t deserve to be treated as full humans or citizens.
Respectability Politics turns on the notion that you can earn acknowledgment of your humanity , if you dress well enough, speak well enough, are polite enough, are subservient enough, what ever the action is enough it will cause the oppressor to see the humanity and citizenship of the oppressed.
Here’s the deal. No one can take away your humanity! No one can grant to humanity! Anyone everyone will either knowledge it or they won’t and you can bend yourself in circles but if they are hell-bent on not seeing it they won’t

Author: pdeedixon

Woman. Mother. Lawyer. Black. RaceWoman. Womanist. Feminist. LBGTQQPIA ally. divorced

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