Dear Social Justice Bloggers (hear me out!)

hightouchghost:

7brooms:

Dear Tumblr, 

You know where you so called social justice bloggers need to be going? Into the real world. Don’t just sit behind a computer screen and tell people who have heard it a million times about social justice. Take it to the real world, take it to where it matters. Because this weekend I’ve come to find that I live with two very vicious bigots who are no longer going to bite their tongue. If you want to actually help people, I advise you to take it to the real world and help people who are actually bigots, those who are actually harmful to society’s progress towards tolerance and acceptance. Help people like me who are actually being suppressed by their homophobic parents, their racist siblings, their sexist families. 
Actually help where help is needed.  

A friendly reminder of what matters most…

Sincerely, Van.

because people who exist online can’t possibly exist offline too? the internet does not exist in a vacuum. people who exhibit bigoted ideals online exhibit them offline too. the internet is not a magical place where nothing from real life carries over, or stops effecting people once they get off the computer. the internet can be a useful teaching tool, and it’s very saddening that you’re not open to it, much like the people who have “heard it a million times”.

If you want to actually help people, I advise you to take it to the real world and help people who are actually bigots, those who are actually harmful to society’s progress towards tolerance and acceptance.

funnily enough, you don’t get to decide which actions are more worthy of notice, or which people are more in need of help. for many of us, the internet is a safe space. or, safer than real life, at least. you assume that all of us have the ability to go out and march, or the resources to plan rallies. some of us are in very real danger, and it’s easy to stand outside of where we are, and tell us what YOU think we need to do. i live in a highly racist area. i had a bottle thrown at my head just for walking. do you really think that i’m in a safe enough place to organize anti-racism rallies? no. i’m not. 

again, the internet is not a vacuum. people who say things like “queer people should die, niggers deserve to be lynched” will say those things offline. if they’re acting like bigots online, then they’re bigots. they are actually harmful to “society’s progress towards tolerance”.

Help people like me who are actually being suppressed by their homophobic parents, their racist siblings, their sexist families. 
Actually help where help is needed.

again, you don’t get to decide where help is needed most, or in what way people should give it. you don’t get to dictate when, where and how people should speak up against intolerance, online or offline. existing in a world that doesn’t want you to survive is revolutionary enough. and what is this “actually help where help is needed” crap? not all of us want to be poster children. again, it’s revolutionary enough trying to survive when people actively want you dead. those ideals that are so “harmless” online? those contribute to actual death tolls. they trivialize and dehumanize the identities of the people being killed. 

you don’t get to determine which aspects of someone’s struggle are “worthy” enough to be considered activism. “actually help people like me who are being surpressed” surprise, racism, homophobia, cissexism, all of those things exist outside of the family unit, and are perpetuated by harmful ideals. ideals that *gasp* people exhibit both on and offline. we exist offline. and whether or not we can march, or rally, whether or not we define ourselves as activists or not, does not invalidate what we have to say. 

and you don’t get to tell us whether or not our experiences are valid or not. because bigotry exists online, and is perpetuated here, and gets reflected in the “real world”.

sincerely, someone who continually gets labeled a social justice blogger, despite speaking about their own experiences, and gets used as fodder for ANTI ESS JAY strawmen, and is quite fucking tired of being told to “get off the internet” by other people on the internet, and is really fucking sick of this intersectionality fail of people pretending we’re all on equal footing and have equal opportunities to be hurt while they lecture people MOST AT RISK about how they choose to deal with their oppression.

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The promise of the VP debate is the only thing getting me through this week

lemondifficult:

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hamburgerjack:

willynillylily:

sinidentidades:

Neil Gaiman is defending Laci Green?

lol what 

Oh god.  Of course he is.  And he quotes MLK at the end too. What. is. this.

You know, it’d be really nice if huge personalities/famous people rushed to defend WOC, TWOC, queer POC and POC in general.  What about our honor? ;(

Also I would totally reply to your post except that Missing E likes to pick which people I can reply to aka the reply button doesn’t even show up on your posts for me.

I see.

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ethiopienne:

21stcenturyprogressive:

We’ll call it, “The War on Drugs.”

Ugh, too real.

ethiopienne:

21stcenturyprogressive:

We’ll call it, “The War on Drugs.”

Ugh, too real.

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things people will accept about the norse gods:

acertaindefenseattorney:

they could turn into mares and give birth to six-legged horses, swap gender at will, and father wolf-monsters.

things people will not accept about the norse gods:

some of them might not be white

fat-birds:

aquanite: She always tries to stop me from getting work done…so I have to scoot her fat booty over. MOVE, LADY

fat-birds:

aquanite: She always tries to stop me from getting work done…so I have to scoot her fat booty over. MOVE, LADY

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I am not the oppressor.

moniquill:

airinmylungs:

My white skin does not make me the oppressor. I wasn’t the one who colonized Africa. I never bought and sold African-Americans in slavery. I never opposed integration, or worked against the civil rights movement. Oh, but other people of my skin color did, and so suddenly it’s on me?

 No.

I suppose that because the 9-11 attacks were carried out my Muslims, that all Muslims should share the blame. And that because the Armenian genocide was carried out by the Turks, that every Turkish-American citizen carries a bit of the blame.

No.

I’m not trying to erase any sort of black history. I just fail to understand why there is this need to quantify our struggles, so that we can label whites as the “oppressors” and blacks as the “oppressed.” We all face struggles in life, whether they’re big or small, caused by race or not. I’m just sick of people telling me that I can or can’t do things because I’m white. Somehow, it’s okay to argue that I can’t do things because I’m white, but if I were to argue that someone couldn’t do something because they’re black, I’d be deemed a racist. Apparently, I have been oppressing their people, not through any actions of my own, but simply because the color of my skin links me to a certain group of people before me.

And I’m sick of it.

You benefit from oppression.

You benefit from genocide.

If you’re a white person living anywhere other than in Europe (and maybe even then) you benefit from colonialism and imperialism.

You cannot stop benefiting from these things, because privilege is not determined by you or your actions, but by the society you live in. It’s not your fault. But it’s not untrue.

It is your responsibility to recognize it.

The entire Internet is available for you to educate yourself. Your words come from a place of STAGGERING ignorance, so here’s a 101 list.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_privilege

http://www.amptoons.com/blog/files/mcintosh.html

http://resistracism.wordpress.com/racism-101/

http://www.racialicious.com/2011/07/27/racism-101-race-and-the-college-freshman/

http://racismschool.tumblr.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microaggression

http://www.microaggressions.com/

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ladypigeon:

starrypeaches:

ladypigeon:

Help I’m in love with my own ask blog - not because it’s me, because it’s him

But sadly this means I can never tell him I care about him because I will come across as a nutcase

…Even though I am a nutcase and this isn’t a secret

I’m in the middle. With the Jack Daniels and tiger stripe camo. ….The other two can own up if they want to own up. HAPPIE NEW YAWWWR.

The best part is we were all sober.

LP.

LP.

LP HELP

YOU’RE THE BEST PERSON

AND YOU WERE SOBER AAAAAAAAAAAA

Me and…. the one on the right…. had had one shot of tequila, and the other one doesn’t drink. So. Yep. X’D

You seem quite drunk… But you don’t seem ripping-a-traffic-bollard-out-of-the-ground-and-carrying-it-home-with-you drunk.

Also yeah we should drink at Kitacon XD 

brogressives talkin’ about misandry

neetainari:

ayiman:

smash the…matriarchy?!

what?

Pass me the link? It’s still possible that I’m not yet quite as pissed off and murderous as I could be.

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unpeupoussiereux:

I have a hard time answering that question!

unpeupoussiereux:

I have a hard time answering that question!

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The math is the math. You can’t lower current (tax) rates and raise revenue unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else. Now, either it’s coming from middle-class families, or poor families, or it’s coming from folks like you and me that can afford to pay a little more.

…You can’t get away from the basic concept that either we have a system in which the people who have benefited the most from this new economy by a magnitude of 200, 300 percent increases in their income — either they’re doing a little bit more, or they’re not.

I think they should. And this is not because I’m interested in punishing the rich. I want everybody to be rich! That’s great! It has to do with the fact that the less I’m asking you or me to do, the more I’m asking somebody who’s in a much tougher position to sacrifice.

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President BARACK OBAMA, responding to Republican charges that he is “fixated” on “raising the tax rates for the wealthiest Americans,” on 60 Minutes.

This whole thing, summarized so simply and yet the conservative element in these United States continues to pretend not to understand the sheer, sympathetic logic of it all.

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As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.

According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.

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fyhpfanart:

TPT Book vs Movie by *julvett

fyhpfanart:

TPT Book vs Movie by *julvett

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