Can you imagine how much more effective communities would be if people actually just bucked the fuck up and said,
"What I said was antiblack and I shouldn't have said it. It hurt people and it was wrong. I'm sorry and thank you to the people who corrected me. I'll try harder next time."
@guerrillablack this is how apologies should be done in general and I wish more people would put effort into them
@alice Instead people write essays to backflip away from responsibility or "This isn't engagement. It's a witchhunt" when they're corrected. 🤦🏾
@guerrillablack Honestly how do I make it my life’s work to get more people into this, because it’s all I care about. But I think about it all the time and still catch myself getting defensive sometimes. I think offering more examples and ways of doing this is a helpful way to replace the defensiveness habit though.
It was not effective with the "I say what I want" problem housemate who inspired its creation. But for the rest of us, it was a *fantastic* way to normalize the idea that we all fuck up & you can+should apologize without taking center stage for a drawn-out soliloquy on white guilt.
@guerrillablack half the time they dog a deeper hole before hiring the “crisis management firm” that would literally tell them the same thing!
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