Great essay by Briahna Joy Gray:
Identity is, at best, a loose proxy for a person’s political commitments, and individual identity groups contain incredibly diverse perspectives. Failure to recognize that fact can result in dangerous consequences: it can lead us to support policies contrary to the best interests of a community simply because of optics, and it can turn us into a “firewall” to lean on, rather than a constituency to be won.
Even worse, because the optics are improved, it can actually become harder to combat the harm posed by in-group bad actors: a black-run police force can be just as harmful to a black community as one headed by whites, but the optics of equal representation can obscure the reality of systemic racism.
After reading 125 film presentation essays I can say with confidence that almost everybody needs to look up “jump cut.”
gamin, n. and adj.
Brit. /ˈɡamɪn/, /ɡaˈmã/, U.S. /ˈɡæmən/
Frequency (in current use):
Origin: A borrowing from French. Etymon: French gamin.
Etymology: < French gamin (1805; 1803 in the more general meaning ‘young boy’; 1765 denoting a glassmaker’s assistant), further etymology uncertain.
A suggestion that the French word is a borrowing (with remodelling after words in -in -ine suffix4) < German regional (Alemannic) Gammel uproar, row (or a related word in the same family) is very uncertain.
N.E.D. (1898) gives only the pronunciation (gamæṅ) /ɡamæ̃/.
A neglected boy who has been left to run about the streets; a street urchin, a guttersnipe; (more generally) a streetwise or impudent child. Also in extended use.
Originally in French and French-speaking contexts.
1832 Leicester Chron. 16 June The coach..was being drawn by a mob of gamins along the quay.
1840 Thackeray Paris Sketch Bk. I. 12 There are the little gamins mocking him.
1864 F. W. Robinson Mattie x. 25 One Kent Street gamin out on business and dodging the policeman behind a Patent Safety.
1873 C. M. Yonge Pillars of House (1880) I. vi. 134 ‘Our little gamin has the most of the Good Samaritan in him,’ said Mr. Audley.
1907 ‘N. Blanchan’ Birds Every Child should Know viii. 108 How wonderfully that saucy little gamin, the English sparrow, has adjusted himself to this new land!
1927 Amer. Mercury July 291/1 The diapered young saint..approached a crowd of gamins playing in the gutter.
1977 N. Shepherd Living Mountain viii. 57 A voice by my side asked: ‘Is this the way to Ben MacDhui?’ and looking down I saw what at first glance I took to be a street gamin of eleven.
2006 New Yorker 25 Sept. 106/1, I would have grown up in unquestioned Orthodoxy, tough little cocksure fisticuffian gamin.