That is where I think the Left have lost the message, because they've shifted from the rhetoric of Equality to the rhetoric of Anti-Racism. You barely hear about "everyone being treated equally" anymore; the big slogans are about Anti-Black, Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Trans, Anti-Asian. The undercurrent of racial policies has changed from "How do we make society more equal in the future?" to "Since society is unequal, who needs support in the present?"
This sounds a lot like you want to strike things like "Black Lives Matter" in favor of "All Lives Matter". All while targeted legislation at the state-level in multiple states represent pointed attacks on the Black and Trans communities, for example.
Targeted support is absolutely needed when marginalized groups are being deliberately targeted by a hostile entity in the political arena, and being targeted for injury and/or death in their everyday lives. Equality for all is absolutely the long-term goal, but we're living in a United States that, for example, hasn't been able to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in 40 years.
As such, wanting to banish certain slogans for the sake of civility is very much the sort of moderate, incrementalist thinking that's gotten us where we are now, because you absolutely cannot "get along" with the group that has made it their mantra to negotiate in bad faith. Lucy van Pelt will absolutely yank that football away every goddamn time.
Edited by CORVUS, 05 May 2021 - 12:07 AM.