I really don’t see what the point of these attacks are. Is it merely to spite government officials? Well, that’s great. You made them angry. But what did you do? What did you do to establish a conversation so that your grievances will be addressed and potential solutions for such are put up for negotiation?
These attacks just seem childish. When Anonymous brought down Libya’s governmental websites, for example, they were at least bringing much needed awareness to a serious issue. I fail to see what sort of a message they’re sending in these cases.
“These people are bad and have done bad things, so we will do bad things back” is the message. Are you trying to say that the things the CIA is doing and has done (purposeful targeting of mourners and rescuers with unmanned drones, extraordinary rendition, torture) are somehow less worthy of attention than what Qaddafi did?
POC generalize white people, white people feel sad.
white people generalize POC, POC die.
ai-yo regarding the death of Trayvon Martin, shot and killed by his White Neighbor while coming back from the store.
And this shit is real. This is the reality. There’s no getting around it.
This is what I mean when I say that if I do not assume all white people on the street will try to fuck me over, I could die.
IT’S. NOT. A. JOKE.
Meanwhile the real reason that you shouldn’t punish Bob for queerness is because there’s nothing wrong with it!
AMEN AMEN AMEN!
This applies to gender identity too! It’s nobody’s business but my own whether or not I was born this way. It’s my body. I own my body. I should have sole dominion how how I use it. If I’m not hurting you, don’t hurt me. If I’m not policing your body, don’t police mine.
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Suicide Hotline: 1-800-784-8433
Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Sexuality Support: 1-800-246-7743
Eating Disorders Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Rape and Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673
Grief Support: 1-650-321-5272
Runaway: 1-800-843-5200, 1-800-843-5678, 1-800-621-4000
Reblogging because you know, someone out there could use one of these.
Oh hey, I have seen this actual shit happen on Tumblr repeatedly.
Not at all agreeing here, actually.
I’d feel a lot better about this quote if the words “or get rid of it” weren’t included. Because privilege is NOT like big feet. Big feet are something you were born with that is inherent to YOU as a person. Nor do I like privilege being compared to a large body part or needing more room. Because it isn’t the fucking same. Inherently needing more room to walk because you’ve got big feet isn’t the same as privilege. Privilege is where you don’t need the space or even really want it, but you take it anyway.
Privilege is something society bestowed upon you that is not inherent to YOU as a person. For instance? White people would exist just fine without whiteness. My identity as a human being, what makes me who I am is not dependent on whiteness. Infected by it, linked with it, but if whiteness fell away, I’d still be who I am. The inherent truth of myself would not be so damaged or altered as to be destroyed. My privilege is not my self.
In the areas where I’m oppressed - like gender or sexuality or size or whatever - I don’t just want people who’ve learned to walk on eggshells around me and say only the “right” things. I want people who don’t have the power to step on my neck in the first place so that if they do fuck up, as all human beings will, it won’t be magnified by their privilege.
No, I don’t hate men or straight people or thin people. I hate that they have privilege. But I’m not really concerned with reassuring them that they’re wonderful people and not to feel bad when they use their privileges in a way that makes me feel like the scum of the fucking earth because I don’t have it.
It’s not just about being careful where you step because everyone is going to misstep. The “be careful, that’s all” principle doesn’t work unless you can find me human beings who never get tired, emotional, confused, or just plain old apathetic. It’s about saying that you don’t have big feet, you have GIANT CONCRETE CLOWN SHOES that make your steps painful for the rest of us when we get stepped on. Don’t just stomp around trying to be careful. Start trying to TAKE THE DAMN SHOES OFF.
Reblogging this for the commentary. The original analogy didn’t quite hit the mark. I think it madamethursday says it well by changing the analogy not to big feet, but giant concrete clown shoes. Those of us with privilege have an obligation to recognize and try to change things so we don’t have that privilege anymore. Why shouldn’t we try to get rid of it? I cannot see a reason. Let’s start by untying those clown shoes so we can finally take them off.