My reaction when people tell me they’re “anti-oppressive”

Let me start with an analogy.

“I’ve been to Japan!” doesn’t inform me who they are. In essence, this declaration is orientalism.

If they learned things in Japan and incorporated into the way they live, I hardly need them to tell me. I can tell.

Same for anti-oppression.

People saying “I’m anti-oppressive!” does not inform me who they are or if they’re safe to me. In essence, this declaration is performative.

If they have a practice of anti-oppression, I can tell in every word they speak and how they speak it. I hardly need them to tell me.

Now the problem is the performative person insists they are anti-oppressive [trendy words trendy words trendy words]. They’re actually discrediting themselves by reacting this way, but people around us either don’t understand or non-interventionist.

Now, they’re discrediting themselves too. If the people surrounding us were truly anti-oppressive, they’d have jumped in to correct the situation.

So it takes just a few seconds for me to know I’m now facing a sea of echo chamber performative anti-oppression practitioners.

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