Morning Brief: Tone Policing, The GOP Split, And Postponed Vaccinations
Good morning, L.A. It’s Feb. 22.
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Mekertichyan notes that tone policing can happen anywhere, at any time — even in unexpected spaces.
“Even on the smaller scale, it's when you're in a room and you're having conversation, and people call you aggressive or they say like, ‘Mmm, could we maybe ... let's think about how we word things,’” Mekertichyan said. “And it’s in those feminist spaces where it's like, ‘Well, let's just focus on all women.’ … There might not even be anything that's specifically ‘wrong’ with, quote-unquote, your tone. It's just that they don't even necessarily want to hear the content that you're sharing.”
Johnson adds that tone policing can frequently serve to silence a critical conversation, and be used as a tool of oppression.
“There's a huge difference between speaking from a passionate place or energetic place or your own emotions and experiences, and being mean or cruel,” she said. “I'm saying [these things] because it hurts. I don't want to be having this conversation. I don't want to be sitting here trying to convince you of the value of my life. I don't want to spend my Saturday outside holding up a sign, and my arms hurt … if you stop me of that in order to make yourself more comfortable, isn't that just contributing to the systems and power to oppress?”
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What Else You Need To Know Today
- The California GOP met over the weekend to push Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recall and tout the party’s future.
- Leaders of the effort to recall Gov. Newsom say they've collected 1.7 million signatures.
- Thousands of COVID-19 vaccination appointments have been postponed in L.A., as winter storms elsewhere in the country have delayed shipments of doses.
- Since the pandemic began, two million American women have been forced out of their jobs, or have quit.
- On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers unveiled sweeping legislation backed by President Biden that aims to dramatically reform the immigration system in the U.S. Here’s what it could mean.
- The Senate vote to acquit former President Trump in his impeachment trial has some Republicans talking about how to strengthen the GOP's anti-Trump faction.
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