Why ‘I’m Not a Czar’ Is Not a Political Position
Progressive Web App author and progressive tech advocate Emily St. Clair explained in a Medium post that, as a progressive tech activist, I think it’s important to speak out when I disagree with someone.
I don’t necessarily agree with everyone, but when I see someone’s platform for their political beliefs and goals, it’s not helpful to have to shut them down for their views.
And when I’m not an advocate, I don- https://twitter.com/EmilyStClair/status/795544182614189736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fi.twitter..com%2Flp.me%2FFp.stl.me&ref=tsr_site_link%3Dgoogle-translate%22%2Cmedium%2Fsr%3E1%26sort%3Deorder%3Den_sort%26source_title_link_color=red&title_url_color=-1&link_type=slash&link=&color=&lang=en&site_name=&sort=date_created&langid=&time_zone=&show_author_rating=true&show=all&showuser_rating_rating=-1 In a followup Medium post, St. Claire explained that she believes it’s crucial to speak up when you disagree with an individual, and that’s exactly what she did.
“As an activist, it helps me to be vocal and be able to call out the person, not just what they say,” she wrote.
“I think it also helps me as a person.
When I speak out, I have to know that I have a voice.
When someone I disagree With is the only voice for me.
I need to know how they’re feeling, what their concerns are, and I need a way to get out of the silo.
It helps me connect with them and to understand their point of view.”
When you disagree, Stacey explained, it can be difficult to understand what you’re actually saying, and it can feel like you’re speaking to an enemy.
Stacey’s stance isn’t the only progressive tech figure to weigh in on the matter, however.
In February, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a member of the House Progressive Caucus, called out his own progressive colleagues for not speaking out when they disagreed with him.
“We need to stop being afraid of our own voices.
I think if you look at it from a progressive perspective, you’re afraid to say things that you don’t agree with,” Ellison told Politico at the time.
“Because we don’t want to be labeled a racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobe, bigot.
So we’re scared to say anything that’s not in line with our values.”
Ellison has been vocal in the past about the issues he’s prioritized on behalf of the progressive tech community.
Last year, he co-founded a technology startup called Mobile First and, in 2016, he was named the first tech entrepreneur to be elected to Congress, in a Democratic primary election.
“If you are an American progressive, if you want to make the most of the opportunities that technology can offer to our economy, if that’s your purpose, and you are passionate about your work, then it’s up to you to stand up for yourself,” Ellison said during the Democratic primary.
“That means you need to stand for your beliefs and not be afraid to stand and speak out and not just say what you think is best for you.”