WhatAboutism: Why It Needs to Stop in Social Justice Activism
Excerpt from the article…
“Yeah okay, racism is bad, but what about classism? That’s bad too.
Or are you saying that gender inequality doesn’t matter?
And what about colorism? Isn’t that a thing?!
And how come nobody is talking about the oppressions faced by Asian women academics?!
So has gone the way of some conversations with attendees when I speak at seminars about anti-racism. (Okay, not the last one.)
I believe many of these questions stem from a genuine concern for all vulnerable people. Yet these “what about…” questions often end up derailing sorely needed conversations about race and racism and leaving all attendees overwhelmed and in despair about not being able to solve all the world’s problems at once.