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An open letter to privileged people who play devil’s advocate

An open letter to privileged people who play devil’s advocate
You know who you are. You are that white guy in an Ethnic Studies class who’s exploring the idea that poor people might have babies to stay on welfare. Or some person arguing over drinks that maybe a lot of women do fake rape for attention. Or, recently, someone insisting that I consider the idea that Elliot Rodger could have been a madman and an anomaly, not at all a product of a white supremacist and misogynistic society. Most of the time, it’s clear that you actually believe the arguments you claim to have just for the heck of it. However, you know that these beliefs are unpopular, largely because they make you sound selfish and privileged, so you blame them on the “devil.” These discussions may feel like “playing” to you, but to many people in the room, it’s their lives you are “playing” with. To be fair, there are many privileged devil’s advocates out there who are truly trying to figure things out. So dearest devil’s advocates: speak for yourself, not for the “devil.”

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