Anti-Racism Daily unpacks "cancel culture"—from its overhyped power to its real impact (or lack thereof) on systemic injustices. "Some people have lost their jobs after being canceled. Police chiefs, prison wardens, or Fortune 500 CEOs have not been among their ranks."
What is Cancel Culture?
The critique of “cancel culture” usually goes something like this:
Today, online mobs descend upon people for perceived political incorrectness, wrecking their careers, reputations, and lives (Forbes). The threat of cancellation forces us all into paranoid self-censorship and ideological conformity.
Cancel culture is described as an omnipresent form of social control.
Cancellation generally amounts to a boycott or pressure campaign. The results are far from assured.
Individuals should be accountable for bigotry, but we also need to focus on powerful institutions.