How To Deal With That Person Who Thinks Black History Month Shouldn't Exist
Having a discussion about race on the internet can be challenging. Here are a few tips.
Every year, come this time around February, this person creeps up on your social media feed.
You want to say something, but having an argument on the internet can be kind of frustrating.
Think about where you want the conversation to go.
Be strategic and precise with your language and ask that they do so as well.
Nip the "devil's advocate" posturing in the bud.
Put an end to any sentence that begins with "I don't want to sound racist, but..."
See through the derailment techniques.
Don't get tangled in the warped logic.
Ask clarifying questions.
Be sure to look at the past...
...as well as the current landscape of racial politics.
Be wary of "hipster racism".
Ask them what "White History Month" would even look like?
Refer them to some resources.
Things might get ugly...
...but don't be afraid to call things out
In the event that they become emotional, be sympathetic. Try to hear where they are coming from.
Well, be sympathetic to an extent...
...having perspective is also important.
And most importantly, know when to disengage.
Your sanity >>> winning an argument on the internet.
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