This piece is not aimed at winning over staunch right-wingers. It’s aimed at getting a comparatively privileged demographic that already identifies itself as on the ‘left’ to understand why it needs to stop focusing its energy on trying to control how marginalized people react to oppressive stimuli for tactical, pragmatic reasons.

Artist and historian. PhD student researching religion, material culture, media, and politics. Bylines at The Wire Magazine, Art in America + more.

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