call IN instead of call OUT

This is a screen shot of a piece in the New York Time this week about call-out culture by Loretta J. Ross. I’m putting it here to remember it and share it. It’s full of critical thinking and long experience, as well as thoughts on how we move forward in our national debate (and the debate in children’s literature) about call-out- and cancel-culture.

Here’s a link to the piece, which is well worth your time.

And here’s a snippet:

Call-outs make people fearful of being targeted. People avoid meaningful conversations when hypervigilant perfectionists point out apparent mistakes, feeding the cannibalistic maw of the cancel culture. Shaming people for when they “woke up” presupposes rigid political standards for acceptable discourse and enlists others to pile on. Sometimes it’s just ruthless hazing.

We can change this culture. Calling-in is simply a call-out done with love. Some corrections can be made privately. Others will necessarily be public, but done with respect. It is not tone policing, protecting white fragility or covering up abuse. It helps avoid the weaponization of suffering that prevents constructive healing.