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Make It Awkward

What ever happened to the “Make it Awkward” campaign? It seems to have dropped off the radar.

Was it a great marketing scheme to enable the organizers to gain profile, make some cash and ride its coattails?

Nownothing, yet the message or what I thought was the message is still as important today as it was then.

Are the campaigns only important as long as they are making money or benefiting the organizers?

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  1. Anyone want to chat? I’m right here, the guy it happened to. The same guy still speaking at schools and businesses ball over the country. I have not done another large scale summit but we are grinding daily as are many people who have made the MIA slogan a part of their everyday life – to call out discriminatory behaviour with respect and an eagerness for open dialogue. I am always free to chat, whether online, email, in person or on the phone.

  2. Maja Black Maja Black says:

    Sounds stupid, idk, nothing I would get into. Maybe it was something a person thought was good but only a few agreed. If you want to follow kudos, looks lame to me

  3. Have you looked up what the campaign organizer is still doing? Perhaps it’s still an active campaign; I’m not sure. Regardless, if the message of engaging openly with racism and other forms of discrimination spoke to you, it should still be valid to you, whether you feel there are people who would capitalize off of the message or not. When someone makes a shitty joke that’s thinly veiled hate speech, you can ask them to explain clearly what they mean, and why it is funny. When someone calls you or someone else a slur, you can ask why they think it’s okay to use that word, and what belief is behind it. If it’s unfounded prejudice or bias, they generally get uncomfortable, angry or flustered, and in this way, you just made it awkward for them to behave badly. If you’re in a safe enough position to do so, calling out discrimination is still a good and world-changing thing to do.

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself.

      As I mentioned on the Facebook thread:

      Anyone want to chat? I’m right here, the guy it happened to. The same guy still speaking at schools and businesses ball over the country. I have not done another large scale summit but we are grinding daily as are many people who have made the MIA slogan a part of their everyday life – to call out discriminatory behaviour with respect and an eagerness for open dialogue. I am always free to chat, whether online, email, in person or on the phone.

  4. Jim Sterling Jim Sterling says:

    Wtf is make it awkward??

  5. Sam Douglas Sam Douglas says:

    You mean the campaign to call out people with opinions counter to the mainstream and essentially shame them into silence, leading to their feelings festering into hatred and resentment, rather than encouraging open dialogue and debate?

  6. Kim Downs Kim Downs says:

    He actually still campaigns .. have you actually talked to him or looked into it at all ?

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