Wednesday, October 21, 2009

allies are equals: people who shut up and listen are never equals

What I find most frustrating about Critical Race Theorists and Whiteness Students is agreeing with much of what they say, then suddenly hitting something like this, from The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally: "Do shut up and listen."

Equals don't shut up and listen. Equals discuss matters respectfully, and find compromises where they can't agree.

But if your goal is ideological purity, there's no room for compromise.

And where there's no room for compromise, there's no room for equality.