What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?

November 19, 2020 | Jessica Bennett

Prof. Loretta J. Ross is combating cancel culture with a popular class at Smith College. She is challenging students to identify the characteristics, and limits, of call-out culture: the act of publicly shaming another person for behavior deemed unacceptable. Calling out may be described as a sister to dragging, cousin to problematic, and one of the many things that can add up to cancellation.

“I am challenging the call-out culture,” Professor Ross said. “I think you can understand how calling out is toxic. It really does alienate people, and makes them fearful of speaking up.”

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Originally published in the NY Times.