Amazing article on emotional justice and activist organizations, written by Yolo Aikili
Centering academia and academic methods in discussions of justice does this. You take a thing like gender equality or colonialism and you try to couch it in the same terms as mainstream academia in order to prove that it’s just as valid and true. But you end up stripping out the personal, the emotional. Anything that still contains those things ends up seeming invalid and vulnerable to criticism. Plus, I’d venture to say the vast majority of people (of any gender, but especially white people) first encountered these ideas in an academic context, so discussion of these issues in privileged or mixed circles is typically very academia-oriented.
Emotional justice is an important reframing for this reason.