The Problem With Politeness
Stop thanking me for being polite when I’m angry about injustice —focus on the injustice instead
“If you aren’t more upset about the underlying offenses than you are about the tone of the speaker — so upset that you couldn’t care less about the tone: we aren’t in this together — not really. At that point when someone thanks me for being polite, politeness fails me. I hardly ever say thank you. I might give such comments a cursory “like,” on Facebook, but I will not nor will I ever again thank anyone for indirectly implying that anyone who can’t say the same things as politely as I do isn’t making a valid point deserving of our immediate and collective attention.” — Bridgette L. Hylton
Read Hylton’s story in its entirety on ZORA below.