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respectability politics

[ri-spek-tuh-bil-i-tee pol-i-tiks] /rɪˌspɛk təˈbɪl ɪ ti ˌpɒl ɪ tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
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.
Also called politics of respectability.
Origin of respectability politics
First recorded in 1995-2000 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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