Born in the tail end of the eighties with a tendency to get obsessed with a show or book only to lose interest and get just as obsessed with something else then fall back in love with the first fandom. Crossing my fingers on staying with supernatural though.
Well, I’m not so concerned about the “lalala not listening” people, because there are always going to be those. As I’ve said many times, it’s not like I can force people to learn. Not that that makes those people any less messed up, because wow, you’d rather stick your fingers in your ears? What I have to say is that threatening to the integrity of your identity? Maybe you should take a look at that.
It’s one thing to disagree with me or think I’m wrong, to question my sources or to do your own research. That’s fine. It’s the people who are actually consumed with rage at the idea that I’m allowed to speak, the people who threaten and degrade as an attempt to silence me.
I mean, yesterday I just posted a paper that says, “Oh hey look here’s a historical record of people of color living in Scotland” and someone said they wanted to “shoot me in the head”, and now apparently want to “bite off my throath" , and also blow people up.
Like, wow, what did I ever do to you besides give you a history lesson for free?
I think it goes back to point #6 on this post-it really doesn’t matter whether or not I’m perceived as “respectable”, it’s not like that changes people’s behavior, stops the threats or the slurs. I mean, how hypocritical is to place the onus on me to ~stay classy~ no matter what? The idea that if I was “less nice”, that it would be justified to say those things?
No matter how “nice” I was, there would still be people who’d accuse me of being too loud, too confrontational, too uncomfortable, until I was entirely silent. Demands that I use “neutral language” because it makes me seem “more credible” have been coming since this blog started.
Confronting embedded racism in our education system isn’t really something to it’s possible to be “nice” about.