Usually when I talk about oppression, I emphasize impact over intention – because no matter how well-meaning someone is, they can still cause harm.
Maybe we should consider the same emphasis when we’re trying to stop oppression. Regardless of our intentions, sometimes the only impact of calling someone out is that we get to feel like we punished them for what they did wrong.
But what about the impact beyond that? Have we actually made things better for the people who were harmed?
Maisha Z. Johnson on toxic call-outs.
From a broader article looking at markers of toxicity in call-out culture and “performative activism”.