The basic assumptions that a speaker or writer holds are often enfolded in an offhanded remark, asides of such conventional wisdom that their truth seems indisputable. These are precisely the suppositions that need to be questioned most.
Take this recent statement by a writer for the august New York Times for example: “The traditions we champion matter more than ever.” The writer is referring to Trumpian nationalism and xenophobia, and a progressive program of counteracting it by instituting inclusive traditions and rituals.
Aussies have taken to saying things like, “Welcome to country.” They don’t mean Down Under. It’s an implicit reference and intended corrective to the displacement and marginalization of indigenous peoples there.
On the authentic side, speakers explicitly state how the land was stolen, and give support

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