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Guilaine Kinouani 🇫🇷 @KGuilaine
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We meet to stop framing racism as offense and start to frame it as abuse. This really not about hurt feelings. This is about heath, psychological and economic abuse. We need to move away from the feelings discourse.
The hurt feelings discourse is what allows right wing fools to run the right to offend argument. You may have a right to offend but sure have no right to abuse.
Abuse is violence. Abuse has long terms consequences. Offence is short lived. Offence is about sensibilities. Racism is not, it is about our right to health & mental heath. It is about our right to safety & dignity. It is about our right to freedom from psychological violence.
Of course there’s a social act being performed when racism is framed as offence. You need to recognise it and re-frame shit as appropriate. I have spent hours on my thesis speaking *to* people who have experienced racism...
Trust me being offended is the least of POC’s concern. No one gives a shit about being offended. POC are being harmed. Harmed not offended. Reframe shit.
I want to give you a few haunting quotes...to drive the point home.
‘I scrubbed at my skin with brillo pads, you know they used to have a thing called brillo pads
back in the day and I used to put bleach on my skin to see if it would come off’

An adult recollecting how she coped with being so called ‘offended’ as a child.
‘I felt despairing, I felt miserable all the time, I felt melancholic all the
time, I felt regretful all the time, I felt I didn’t want 2 leave the house, I didn’t want 2 see anyone, I felt ugly, I felt stupid, I felt like I had no intellect’

Another adult the cost of ‘offence’
Last quote... ‘I will still be
disparaged and despised in various quarters for things that I actually have no control over...So, you are not enough, you will never be enough, nothing what you do will ever be enough […] even if you are the best at everything’

Another adult.
The point is this, offence does not cause depression/low mood. Offence does not not make you despise yourself. And the world. Offence does not make lose hope. Offence does not make you lose the will to live (a few of my participants did at some point). Abuse does.
Please remember these words next time a fool comes to argue nonsense over the so called right to offend in the context of racism. Racism is abuse.
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