- the set of beliefs holding that conformity to socially acceptable or mainstream standards of appearance and behavior will protect a member of a marginalized or minority group from prejudices and systemic injustices: Black respectability politics perpetuate the fiction of a meritocracy in public education.
Origin of respectability politics
First recorded in 1995–2000
Also called pol·i·tics of re·spect·a·bil·i·ty.
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