Main strategy for maintaining the status quo involves:

A) treating concerns of marginalized groups as "niche" issues, rather than as systemic issues affecting all of society

B) treating members of those marginalized groups as "biased" (as opposed to "objective" dominant group)
In other words, the assumption is that you can't trust Black people about racism since it's a niche issue that affects them, and they are therefore biased/self-interested.
The other half of that assumption is that a tacit "default" group (that is, white people) are objective about it because, as a niche issue, it doesn't affect us.

Even assuming that were true, apathy doesn't actually equal objectivity.
But more to the point, assuming that a privileged group will have less of an interest in maintaining the status quo than a marginalized one will have in changing it is absurd.
Like, I saw this ALL THE FUCKING TIME in regards to trying to discuss misogyny at work.

Supposedly, as a woman, I was biased, while the men around me were objective and neutral.
Dispense with the idea that anyone is neutral or objective about societal norms. No one is. They affect all of us.

And the closest we can come to objectivity is to deal with that reality.

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