How useless is your solidarity then? Where is your safe space? And even if he does give up, in what sense is he irrelevant? He has just felt confident enough to embark on a racist attack, and his target knows that there are more people like him out there, and that many onlookers agree with him, and that she is regarded as an antinational menace by large numbers of people. And the best ally she has is some weak-assed liberal bullshit that tries to laugh it off and chatter about the fucking weather. It might, in some circumstances, be sensible to de-escalate and avoid confrontation. But to elevate this to a tactical principle is a form of verbal gentrification, smothering the nasty and necessarily politicised underside of daily life behind a facade of good manners, and leaving only the racist feeling more empowered as a result."
— Richard Seymour