On Civility — A Twitter Thread

Rin Chupeco (@RinChupeco) is an author whose wor I hadn’t encountered until today. What I did encounter was this astonishing Twitter thread showing how “civility” gets used against those who are meant to comply with it. This is directly from her experience with Ferdinand Marcos’ Philippines:

Beware of performative civility. We’d all prefer a governing atmosphere where we can strenuously disagree without belligerence and falsehoods masquerading as a Point of View; where Rule of Law meant what it says; where people were more angry at the corporations that are sucking us dry rather than at poor people just trying to make it work.MLK Jail

There’s been no violence in the protests (or the shunning). Unlike, say, at Trump rallies or like the guy who came to shoot up the pizza parlor in DC because his media told him there was a pedophile ring there. Don’t forget the stakes. We still don’t know alot about the disposition of the children taken away from their parents.And until we do, playing the recording of the children crying outside of the home of the DHS Secretary may be a difficult protest to witness, but it is more difficult to witness the mistreatment of children by this government. Don’t let them move the goalposts while they demand “better” behavior from you.

You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas. -- Shirley Chisolm

2 comments on “On Civility — A Twitter Thread

  1. Point of Order

    Civility is for the civilized. The best way to communicate with an uncooperative mule is with a 2 x 4. It helps to make the mule more civil.

  2. Amazing Twitter thread!

    The idea of Trump and his supporters demanding civility is laughable. Hypocrites. Every last one of them. And the media needs to stop with this nonsense. Amazing how fast they’ve moved on from taking children away from from their parents. The media is a huge part of the problem.

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