To achieve the goals of social justice, we need to reform society at the system level. We need to dismantle racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, genderism, ableism, classism, and more.
Too much of social justice discourse and calls-to-action are focused on the -ists, the people participating in (and perpetuating) those systems.
Our focus on individual actors keeps increasing in social justice spaces I occupy. It’s almost all of what I notice in online social justice activism/advocacy. I’m guessing you’ve noticed it, too.
This focus often takes the form of punitive social justice, identifying perpetrators, dragging them, publicly shaming them, “canceling” them.Keep reading…