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 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 right? especially when it was an honest, unintended mistake, there is no negative consequence that might keep one from doing this. you don’t lose face, credibility, standing, or whatever else i can imagine.
on the other hand, you *did* hurt somebody without meaning to, and that should put you in some state of alarm.
the usual dodgy flip-flopping is weak af sauce.
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