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Two Words About Tolerance for Allies

August 5, 2015

Fuck it.

Fuck tolerance.

Fuck it in every possible way.

Fuck it and fuck you if that is your goal.

Because tolerance is just another way for you to express White Supremacy and I have no time for your shit.

Because tolerance is not respect.

You tolerate an unruly child. You tolerate an ill-trained puppy. Tolerance requires that you be above the thing you are tolerating.

Fuck. Your. Tolerance.

If you are reaching for tolerance then you are not reaching for respect and you are entirely wrong.

Fix your shit.

I deserve respect.

More importantly, I fucking demand respect just like you demand it.

But here’s the difference, I do so at the risk of my own life. Just ask Sandra Bland. She demanded respect as a citizen and now she’s dead. That police officer who illegally arrested Sandra Bland, along with innumerable others who have executed people for the crime of being Black, as well as their apologists continually insist that they deserve respect. It’s their go-to assertion; that the right level of respect will keep a Black person safe.

That theory is so common it has an actual name, Respectability Politics.

And it’s bullshit.

If you cherish tolerance over my respect then you need to go back to Ally Basic Training.

Sigh, now I need to write Ally Basic Training, don’t I?

 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Foster permalink
    November 12, 2016 9:46 PM

    Now I need to go back and read Ally Basic Training again. And probably again after that.

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