Readers write: Don’t cancel thy neighbor

Don’t cancel thy neighbor

The book title “The Case for Cancel Culture,” featured in a recent author Q&A, hinges on a fundamental misuse of the term “cancel culture.” 

Yes, protests and social change have been around forever. But “cancel culture” is a term for refusing to engage with or make a space for ideas that are different. Social media has been a catalyst for this behavior because we can “block” users who say things we don’t like, whereas if that person is your neighbor, you will see them whether you want to or not, and hopefully you both will eventually learn compassion and understanding from living lives that intersect. You can’t “cancel” your neighbor.

Tara Bhrushundi
New York

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