Monthly Archives: September 2012

“Derailing for Dummies”: Some Debunks

Derailing for Dummies is a failed attempt at a clever how-to guide that makes fun of and tries shedding some light on how privileged people tend to trample on conversations with marginalized people by “derailing the conversation, dismissing their opinion as false and ridiculing their experience [so that] you can be sure that they continue to be marginalised and unheard and you can continue to look like the expert you know you really are, deep down inside!

At first read, Derailing for Dummies may read as funny and may make some sense, but in thinking through some of its ‘steps’, some big holes begin to appear (not to mention an ignorance and arrogance woven throughout), such as:  Continue reading

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