my favorite thing that one of the feminist org leaders told me yesterday:
if somebody says something racist/sexist/cissexist/ableist/etc that affects you directly as part of a marginalized group you belong to, you are allowed to be angry. get furious. it is not your job to educate them.
but if somebody says something racist/sexist/cissexist/ableist/etc that you know is wrong—but you are a part of the privileged group (i.e; you are white, you are cis, you are straight)? it is your job to educate.
if you make it about your anger, you are making it about you, thus making your privileged opinion and feelings still more important than those of said marginalized group. keeping your privilege in check means realizing that in such a situation, it is your duty to educate first, and get angry later.
im so fuckin queer w hat the fuc k
Sometimes one has to remind people that historically-speaking, antislavery was not synonymous with pro-black. From the Federal Era to the Civil War, antislavery arguments could be summarized into three different grounds of opposition: humanitarian (“slavery is wrong”); racist (“slavery brings…