Pile ups

Regarding the criticism about the pile ups against Tracie: No.

Pile ups are an effective way of gathering crowd dissent. If they were a real physical threat (or a threat of taking things out in the physical sense), I would agree, they would be dangerous and an improper way of conducting criticism. But, a comment pile up? Yes, because it shows the amount of discontent. Because it is loud and because just like racist words should be exposed, loud disagreement also has a place.

Also, I disagree that “we should keep manners”. That’s a derailing argument. It’s akin to saying that the tone of the disagreement matters more than the racist, ableist, homophobic, bigoted bullshit being combated.

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