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I want to see what other people think about the phrase 'callout culture'. I saw it used in an article and discovered a discussion about it in "Wired", which I attach below. From what I understand, sharing instances of racism and bigotry somehow dilutes them by shaming the people who are openly racists and bigots in social media platforms. By diluting them, they lose their intended power (hate, fear, superiority, bullying). [wired.com]

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This goes hand in hand with virtue signaling.

I will need to look that up since it is a new phrase to me.......

"the action or practice of publicly expressing opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue."

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I think there's a fine line between calling someone out and making stupid people famous..

True...very true. It is becoming a pattern, I suppose. I think of it as a type of informal 'social control', like public shaming.

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Perhaps more like:

Alyssa Milano's Twitter post calling for "all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted" to use the hashtag "Me Too" and tell their stories the largest example of calling-out; this campaign went viral, causing many women to share their stories, and leading to "firing and public humiliation" for a number of well-known men. (Wikipedia)

The MeToo insurrection has changed and charged the landscape of our culture, affected many lives, giving the hope of full equality some teeth. The main issue with MeToo is that a person is purported to be guilty of impropriety and assumed guilty prior to being able to defend against the accusation. On the other hand, many of the most flagrant figures can afford very good attorneys, people who will see to it that justice is not served, the law is in favor of the innocent.

cava Level 7 Mar 21, 2019

Yes, the "Me Too", the "Black Lives Matter", the "Bethe1To", and the anti-bullying campaigns have all attempted to address the facts that sexism, racism, homophobia, and inter-personal violence have real consequences for real people. Shining a light on what some people dismiss as 'non-problems' and 'hype'. Freedom of speech also has opened up the discussion to non-violent ways to protest conditions and unjust treatment.

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Question: Does this apply to everyone equally? For instance, if members of (there's no politically correct term here so I'll just say) non-white groups are explaining how it's all the fault of white people that there's crime and poverty and violence, and all white men are racists, while at the same time every third thing out of their mouth is "N-word" this and "N-word" that, is that also racism and bigotry? I'm honestly confused.

Paul4747 Level 8 Mar 21, 2019

That's a good point. Racism and bigotry cut across all ethnic backgrounds and using epithets such as the "n-word" are very much unacceptable in any context. It really is about time we all became members of the Human Race and stopped thinking of ourselves in our particular cultural and ethnic contexts.

In think it’s a fair point. I’m pretty careful about where I tread though. There’s no question that I’m a privileged white male: why is that relevant? Well it means my life and opportunities are better on most (though not all) measures. Certainly overwhelmingly those things make it easier for me to be successful (in many different ways that could be measured) than folks who aren’t.

So yes - there is a tendency for folks to shame others for things they might not be aware were problematic.

But the term ‘call out culture’ is also used by our hard right free speech warrior folks to protect themselves from criticism.

As ever I think this is nuanced

I am not qualified to answer that. I don't see the issue as finding fault with white people or white men. Just particular people: individuals who are hateful, bigoted, and hiding behind the safety of a keyboard or actually caught on camera in the light of day. I think you are referring to the somewhat controversial term 'reverse racism' and that's another subject, and one that many people (like me) think of as counterproductive.

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