franslair heeft gevraagd: I fail to see how you're supportive of the social justice community on tumblr in general. I mean, they are nothing but a bunch of bullies. It's not even "a few bad eggs" either, the absolute majority of people are like that. It's just a circlejerk of people who finally feel like they have the power to shut anyone up and have enough self-entitlement to do that, because anything they don't like is "problematic" and "oppression".
Before tumblr I did not know anything about transgender folks. I once asked a friend what their “real” name was. An embarrassing moment I wish I could take back with all my heart. I thought there were two genders. I thought there were 3 sexual orientations. I had no idea what feminism truly was. I was only familiar with racism towards black folks. I did not realize just how oppressive the world can be.
In four short years I have had a crash course on how to be a better person. I have learned about issues I did not know existed and was inspired to study and understand them as best I could. I was pushed out of my male white hetero bubble. I still have a lot to learn. I am still going to make mistakes. But I am a less shitty person because of tumblr social justice.
I think the issue is that the people who bully and make no effort to educate get lumped in with the people who truly care about changing hearts and minds—who want to bring a better understanding to anyone they can reach.
I know there are people out there who have an inherent need to bully. But they also don’t want to be seen as a bad person. So they take the persona of someone who cares about social justice and use it as a way to seem righteous. And oddly enough, these bullies are often some of the most privileged among us. “Allies” wanting cookies for yelling at people. I know this is a problem and I think it frustrates a lot of people. It hurts the movement, but I don’t think it is a majority by any means.
You have to realize that the most awful among us are also the loudest. They get the most attention because they are hard to ignore. So we have to try our best to tune them out and listen to those who are trying to make a difference. Who want us all to be better people. That is the social justice I support.