I like this post from Jinx of I am only one… so much that I’m reproducing the whole thing here:
tackling the problems facing our world right now, there’s plenty of
work to go around, and the efforts are not harmed by some
specialization. If I am talking about gender issues and you are
focussed on racial bias — or if I am talking about education and you
are talking about environment — we are not enemies. There are enough
of us to work on many fronts at once; there are enough fronts to keep
all of us busy. We can cooperate; we can each work on the issue that
most stirs our energy at the moment; we can still understand that we
are allies in making things better.
If we begin to fight each other over which is the single most
important problem, we are wasting energy that could be used to address
various problems. We are also helping those who don’t want to
acknowledge the problems and don’t want to see them solved.
Two very common arguments that serve the purpose of not solving problems are these:
(1) If the person trying to address the issue is a member of the
community (or nation) where the problem exists, the line is "How can
you be so disloyal as to attack and criticize your own people." If the
person trying to help is not from the same community/nation, the line
is "You are an outsider, you don’t belong here, what business is it of
yours, why don’t you go work on what’s wrong in your own home."
(2) Regardless of whether the problem-solvers are local or not, the
line is "How can you even talk about [this problem] when you haven’t
said anything about [some other problem]."
Variations of these two arguments show up repeatedly. They are
virtually always distractions from the attempt to solve the problem,
though often those who use them aren’t consciously aware of that
intention. A good answer may be to describe the solution we’re trying
to achieve and ask, "Can you agree that it would be better if we
achieved this change? if it would be better, why fight over who helps
to make it better? why say that some other unrelated problem has to be
solved before we can work on this one?"
(The original is here if you want to comment).