I had one more thought about how to articulate the issues: Yes, it’s quite possible that shaming racists has unintended consequences that might be bad (ala Ioffe). But it’s DEFINITE that not shaming racists has unintended consequences that are REALLY BAD FOR VULNERABLE FOLKS! https://t.co/lgpBM8pvnF
— David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) May 18, 2018
Shame is definitely a social act that can get out of control and lead to unintended consequences. It’s good to have these discussions. What’s not happening, though, are the elite white pundits (Weiss, Ioffe, Friedersdorf, Chait, Haidt, the FIRE folks, that prof from VA who keeps writing the same op-ed, etc) thinking through the consequences of not shaming racists.