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respectability politics

[ ri-spek-tuh-bil-i-tee pol-i-tiks ]
/ rɪˌspɛk təˈbɪl ɪ ti ˌpɒl ɪ tɪks /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
a set of beliefs holding that conformity to prescribed mainstream standards of appearance and behavior will protect a person who is part of a marginalized group, especially a Black person, from prejudices and systemic injustices: Black respectability politics embraces the illusion of a level economic playing field.Respectability politics place blame on groups already hindered by discrimination.
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Also called pol·i·tics of re·spect·a·bil·i·ty .

Origin of respectability politics

First recorded in 1995–2000

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