social justice

Accountability, Backbone, and Change: A Protocol for Community Care

From Grow Wild

The definition of accountability is still vague af.. What does it look like, feel like, sound like for a person to take responsibility for their actions? Certainly owning one’s actions is necessary, but is that enough to change behavior long-term and prevent it from ever happening again? Is that all that can be done for the survivor to move on with their own process of healing?

Some notes on the spread of morality and sacred cows

Humorless, self-righteous, intolerant, cringe-worthy. Ten years ago these words would have aptly described the Christian Right. Their very serious allegiance to silly ideas like God and patriotism made them an easy target to mock and troll. But now, said labels bring to mind awkward privilege confessions and the moralistic tone of social justice-oriented Leftists. What’s happened in such a short time to cause this total reversal?

From Identity to Individuality

Note: In this piece, I will be using '‘leftism’ and ‘identity politics’ more or less interchangeably, due to their often heavy overlap.

I grew up in a liberal household to liberal parents, and I had always had a preoccupation (some might say an obsession) with justice. From a young age, I would rage against the injustices committed against the trees felled behind our house, the mice killed in the snap traps, the insects caught by the glue paper, the deer shot by the hunters. “It’s not fair!” was a mantra oft screamed from my tiny mouth, and as I grew, it hardly changed.

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