So you are helping members of some marginalized group understand their experience better. You start to get the sense that they feel your objective perspective is not as good as theirs is. Remember what you learned from Derailing for Dummies.
Don’t worry though! There IS something you can do to nip this potentially awkward and embarrassing situation in the bud. By simply derailing the conversation, dismissing their opinion as false and ridiculing their experience you can be sure that they continue to be marginalised and unheard and you can continue to look like the expert you know you really are, deep down inside!
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE PRIVILEGE!
Just follow this step-by-step guide to Conversing with Marginalised People™ and in no time at all you will have a fool-proof method of derailing every challenging conversation you may get into, thus reaping the full benefits of every privilege that you have.
The class of derailing might well be larger that the book seems to acknowledge. For example, all sorts of conversations can be derailed by “Did you turn off the stove?” And it is easy to think of similar tactics for political discussions for the web. Still, this is a grand collection!
There’s some controversy over the discussion of false consciousness, and the term seems to me to be being used in too literal a sense.. I love the label, though, and think that “but you see race [or sexism etc.] everywhere” is well understood as a denial of the legitimacy of the perspective of marginalized persons.