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Civility: Listening to Dissent

Civility can mean listening even when social "rules" are broken

To make their voices heard, members of minority groups often break the social rules of discourse that are accepted by the majority. This is often called "speaking truth to power" or civil disobedience. The Occupy Wall Street movement and Black Lives Matter are two current examples of this. Practicing civility in cases like these requires us to acknowledge the speakers' legal rights to publicly air their grievances, no matter how "improperly" they act.


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