There was a reason that, at the height if the AIDS Crisis, ACR-UP’s slogan was Silence = Death. There was also a reason we later added Action = Life. We all must raise our voices and speak up for equality!
Rather than refuse to ‘give oxygen’ to toxic views and poisonous commentators, we need to play them at their own game. Jonathan Boniface offers his view on why ‘turning the other cheek’ no longer seems to work.
There’s been an awful lot of debate recently regarding the concept of ‘silencing’. The whole accusation of ‘silencing’ is generally pretty contentious, and the term is often thrown around with indiscriminate and self-serving abandon; I have found myself, in recent weeks, unashamedly advocating a change in the balance of power between privileged voices and those that they have sought to oppress. Sadly, once you argue that position, you face a veritable onslaught of almost (though not exclusively) white, middle class cis people accusing you of wanting to ‘silence’ them. We’ll just say the words ‘Germaine Greer’ and leave it at that.
I have no desire to revisit the same territory here, rather I…
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