Privilege & the daily things we do
I try very hard not to use terms (words, phrases, and clauses) that have been historically used as slurs in everday usage that communities are daily reclaiming from bigots and public discourse. It’s important that I step aside, take a moment, examine my speech acts, and critically consider words I use to make arguments. First, those of us who are not reclaiming should be especially careful about pantomiming transgressive social practices when we have little more stake in them than illustrating a political position. We risk turning an important social struggle into a spectacle of struggle. Second, critical engagement with our thoughts and actions, including speech acts, publicly illustrates our intentions and political perspectives. We privileged people have nothing to claim. I know I receive regular deference for no good reason. People will recognize our solidarity through our actions and we can participate alongside each other. We should resist claiming struggles as our own. We are against the commodity form, utterly opposed to it, just as we oppose the wage system, property, police, and prisons.