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respectability politics

[ri-spek-tuh-bil-i-tee pol-i-tiks]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. 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.
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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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