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Massimo Artizzu

While I think some of the characteristics of the current BLM movement are over the line and not really beneficial to the cause, I find also quite superficial to dismiss them as "progressive propaganda", "nonsense" and "stupid". Isn't that dehumanizing?

It's easy to think that everything that doesn't directly resonate with our life is meaningless, but with time I tried to assume that it's more a fault of my limited perspective. I.e., I think people do feel bad for reading some terms if they just say so and if I have no evidence of the opposite. It's called trust in other people's honesty, and it's something I'd like to be applied to me too if there will be the chance.

And I may be out of American politics, but it's interesting how "progressive" is seen as a bad thing. Shouldn't we all like progress? 🤔

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DarkWiiPlayer

I think it's not only a question of whether people feel a certain way about reading a word, but also about how valid that emotional response is to society. If someone has personal experiences that make them particularly dislike a certain word, telling them "no you don't" is just plain ignorant, but that doesn't mean there can't or shouldn't be a compromise.

I'm not fundamentally against changing a word just because a small minority finds it offensive, but everyone can find anything offensive and it is ultimately up to the society whether it's a reasonable response or over the top.

The only metric I can apply to judge this is how I'd feel about something like this, and I'm just not the type of person to care about words either way, so neither can I relate, nor do I personally think there's any real problem to begin with.