🔖 Identifying White Mediocrity and Know-Your-Place Aggression: A Form of Self-Care | African American Review | Project MUSE

Bookmarked Identifying White Mediocrity and Know-Your-Place Aggression: A Form of Self-Care by Koritha Mitchell (African American Review | Project MUSE, Volume 51, Number 4, Winter 2018, pp. 253-262)

This article offers a primer on identifying what the author calls ‚Äúknow-your-place aggression‚ÄĚ as well as the violence of white mediocrity being treated as merit. The author argues that gaining clarity about these hostile tendencies is a form of self-care. Examples include experiences with racism, (hetero)sexism, trans antagonism, ableism, and Islamophobia. Understanding know-your-place aggression and white mediocrity can prevent marginalized communities from wasting energy by worrying about the opinions of people who use objective standards to judge everyone but themselves. The author encourages this form of self-care because she believes it can empower members of marginalized groups to save their energy for what matters most, the quality of their lives and their contributions to research.

10.1353/afa.2018.0045

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