First off, why do we need lanes? I hear some of you right now — “Isn’t it all of our duty to call out absolutely everything?” “Oh so I’m white and suddenly my opinion doesn’t count?” “Aren’t lanes divisive?” “Do you hate freedom of speech?” In short, my answers are: “No”, “Yes”, “No”, and “Read the Goddamn First Amendment So You Stop Looking Like An Ass.” But let’s dive slightly deeper.
Like playing a record designed to vibrate sonically at the very frequencies that would destroy a record player, this kind of “free speech” activism is aimed at destroying the machinery that gave it the right to exist in the first place.
The advice in this piece by Muffie Waterman applies equally well to children and adults: perhaps perfection shouldn’t be your end goal. Instead, strive for something attainable and rewarding, like growth, learning, and improvement.