And then another trustee — we had two who represented our area — took me to lunch. She diplomatically expressed her lack of support for Other Trustee and for Library Boss, and said she'd like to see me stay.
What this 1994 event has to do with 2021 is this:
And yeah, you're maybe liking this, up to this point, but here's what a lot of people won't like.
I’ve never called myself an ally.
Liberal is a label I get to give myself without seeking approval. There’s debate about what earns people the Liberal label too, but there’s no authority making those decisions. Being an ally, though, does mean stepping back and letting those with whom we’re allying take the lead and determine what we should support and oppose. I can’t commit to that.
I do know that belonging doesn’t require lockstep thinking, debate is ok. But. There are things that are considered too essential to argue with, and that pretty much get my membership rescinded. And they baffle me.
If I say that some campaign that I think is absurd is political correctness run amuck, I’m told that it means “I support treating people like crap.” No. It doesn’t necessarily mean that and I don’t support that.
You may think Snow White reinforces rape culture. I think that’s absurd.
You might be wondering what [Game of Thrones] has to do with a radical qtpoc politics. Much of the GoT fandom probably cannot feel with and for people in the real world who face structural violence on a daily basis, the most vulnerable to everyday systems of exploitation.Maybe some readers agree with me that that’s loony, but I guarantee that an unbroken stream of “So insightful!” and “Thank you for enlightening me!” was the response it got.