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Reader: Please don't make me take the liberal purist test

"I forgive myself for mindlessly laughing at the Tina Fey sketch without deconstructing it as I might have in my Sociology 101 classes as a 20 year old."

"I forgive myself for mindlessly laughing at the Tina Fey sketch without deconstructing it as I might have in my Sociology 101 classes as a 20 year old." Gage Skidmore

Reader Ben Murphy responds to What white allies can learn from Tina Fey's cake-eating sketch:

I fear lecturing white people on how finding the sketch funny means they "don't have the stamina" and aren't vigilant enough is a strategically a poor decision. It serves to alienate me from you (not the cause, but the people in it).

Maybe you feel you only need allies who are "all in" and will risk everything, everyday for justice. I'll be honest that I won't. I have competing priorities with kids, jobs, health, etc. that preclude me from being intellectually and psychologically vigilant 24 hours a day.

I also understand my family's well-being is partly a function of our white privilege. But I forgive myself for mindlessly laughing at the Fey sketch without deconstructing it as I might have in my Sociology 101 classes as a 20 year old. I don't expect Tina Fey to be Chomsky.

I think your wonderful movement needs to think strategically if you can accept me as an ally, or if you'd prefer to alienate all but the "purist" liberals.