#TheySayTheyreMyAllyBut is a hashtag started by @LynxSainteMarie to address some of the ways that allies regularly FAIL, which is the nature of privilege, to fail. The problem is many of these behaviors become cyclical and abusive and then it’s like are you an “ally” or an “enemy?” Are you about deconstructing oppression or reinforcing it?
My natural stance towards allyship is skepticism. Why? Because my LIFE is on the line, not only tweets. While racism and sexism might be inconveniences for Whites and men, for example, that’s life or death for me. That’s whether or not I get a job or healthcare or whether or not I am safe walking down the street. That’s the source of anxiety, past depression and PTSD in my life. I don’t have the luxury of providing “the benefit of the doubt.” They both impact my health and life. They both take lives.
And I absolutely do not expect “benefit of the doubt” when it comes to cis privilege, thin privilege, literacy/education privilege—some of the privileges that I have. Nope. Be skeptical. That doesn’t mean falsely accuse me of bigotry (as Whites enjoy doing…so much…since they seem to think White privilege evaporates when they’re oppressed for other facets of their identities), but it does mean be skeptical as hell.
Skepticism is safety for the oppressed. Skepticism, not total apathy nor delusions about “goodness.”
If “allyship” can only exist when that person earns money for our pain, disregards our criticisms, or call us “toxic” for not indulging their oppressive words and actions, they’re not allies. The correct word is “oppressor.” And the nature of privilege is such that even while fighting against oppression, as someone privileged, they’re still oppressors. Oppression isn’t linear. Welcome to intersectionality. So the least that can be done is make words like “allyship” and “solidarity” stop being so utterly meaningless. It can mean something through accountability.
I wonder if (html) alt tags work on tumblr images?
usually in web you can include alternative text in the code of the image so if someone is using a screenreader, the alt text will be read to them instead of the image. i don’t oppose ppl including transcripts in posts but maybe this would be a better option in some cases?
becoming an ignorant asshole n settling in your ways is really not the best way to combat insecurity and shyness.
you think you’re going against the grain by being rude, standing by your bigoted opinions, n fucking people over. you think you’re being cool and confident, or *different* or ~nerdy~ or funny or original or artistic by appropriating ideas in a gross, rehashed, desperate way, quietly stealing away the work of others to build up your failing self-image. i’m sorry that your confidence is at such a low to behave that way, but i will stop defending you the moment you ignorantly trample on others to bring yourself up.
i see you. and others see you for the fake asshole you are too.
"so basically stand your ground only applies to white people in florida"
~tumblr user droll-child
Okay guys, I need your help! Three years ago, this man (Michael Giles) was violently attacked outside a club in Florida during a large brawl involving almost 30-40 people. Giles was in danger of getting severely injured by one particular aggressor (unnamed), and in an effort to escape the crowd and save himself, he fired a legally registered weapon that he had at the time. Although the bullet did strike the aggressor’s leg, it did not seriously injure him. Giles then proceeded to try and find his friends to leave the area as soon as possible.
Several witnesses testified that Giles had not provoked anything and that the aggressor had started fights earlier that night. The aggressor himself admitted (in court) that he attacked Giles spontaneously. Also, Giles did not continue firing after his first bullet had gotten him a chance to escape. He left the area as soon as he could.
Despite this, Michael Giles received a mandatory 25-year sentence for “aggravated battery with a deadly weapon causing bodily harm”. There’s a plethora of evidence showing that this case should fall under the stand-your-ground law, but this appeal was denied by the judge.
Michael Giles was even a member of the United States Airforce at the time. “He had no prior criminal offenses, no history of violence, and was a outstanding father and Airman.”
The only major reason his sentence is so harsh is because of his race.
The judge himself is quoted as saying, “Frankly, I think the 25-year mandatory is overly harsh based on the facts of this case, but that’s what the law requires I do and I intend to follow the law.”
This is a link to the change.org petition started by Michael Giles’ parents. They are simply asking Governor Rick Scott and the Clemency Board to commute his sentence, and right now they need about 40,000 more signatures to reach their goal.
PLEASE, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION AND REBLOG THIS TO SPREAD THE MESSAGE!!
i especially like the window behind the staircase
No wonder he got kicked out of art school
im laughing so hard holy hell
the bottom left window is torturing meyeah…but hell no, that is NOT a “pretty good painting” and no, I didn’t “enjoy” jack shit, and GTFOH for even trying that basic ‘lets-humanize-Hitler’ bullshit
He was a human. A horrible one, of course, but still human. Him being a human doesn’t mean you have to like or even pity him. Humans are very capable of doing inhuman things.
But why even waste time, breath or energy “humanizing” Hitler? Like there are literally millions, if not billions of other wronged, aggrieved and oppressed people on earth to spend time defending or trying to soften his image
#notsorry, but saying that Hitler was “human” is about as remarkable as saying that water is wet
No one is arguing that he was an alien or not a homosapien. You can be human still be thoroughly lacking in humanity and morality and compassion
I entirely do not see the point of belaboring the point that people like Hitler (or George Zimmerman or Michael Dunn, etc.) were human too. Like, so were the millions of his victims. If anyone wants to humanize anyone, humanize them. Later for alla that “Hitler was a human being too” bullshit
The entire point is that he was basically the most shit kind of person a human could ever be, not that he somehow wasn’t a member of the human race
While the graphic’s execution is douchey “gotcha!” baiting worthy of Reddit, I think the (very muddled) point was not that Hitler was a human (we KNOW he was a human, for all the reasons odinsblog stated) or to humanize him, I think it was to point out that monsters capable of mass murder don’t always look or behave like monsters capable of mass murder.
I’m giving the maker of the graphic way too much credit since I’ve seen this concept executed in a much better form in other ways, but I take it in the sense that at, say, a murder trial, hearing how much the accused murderer of a teenager loves his mother and his family does not make him incapable of committing murder.
Generally, we see Hitler portrayed as angrily shouting to cheering crowds and we are lulled into assuming we’d know another Hitler if we saw one (and do everything we could to stop them). But the fact is it’s just not that simple.
George Zimmerman can wear a nice suit and a big grin and have his family surrounding him, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t shoot an unarmed teenager to death. Michael Dunn can meekly refer to his ear injury, but that doesn’t mean HE didn’t shoot an unarmed teenager to death (with the intent to shoot more).
Hitler may have painted some super shitty paintings, flirted with Eva Braun, and held a little girl’s hand, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t engineer the mass torture and execution of millions of people.
Yeah, I hear you, but I can’t quite get with that either…people know Hitler wasn’t a Skrull, and I think that people of average intelligence also get that Hitler (Zimmerman, Dunn, etc) might not have “looked” like a mass murderer at every nanosecond of his life
It’s just that I see this way too often. Not just with Hitler (although that’s bad enough). I’ve seen this “humanizing, he had a mom and dad” type pathology applied to Zimmerman, to Dunn, to slave owners, and to a lot more undeserving people. I don’t need to know that Hitler or [fill in the blank] murderer or oppressor had friends or never had a puppy. I already know that, and I honestly dgaf because so did each and every one of their victims
What I don’t get & will never understand is the need some people feel to point out such irrelevant minutia when a murderer or a similarly irredeemable, shitty person is mentioned
Like what is the purpose? That he’s human or had instances where he may have appeared innocuous —that’s not exactly breaking news. The old unsuspecting next door neighbor saying, “he seemed like such a nice boy, I never imagined he was an ax murderer” is such well tread trope that it’s entrenched in television, novels and other lore
Again, I question the “whys” when people feel compelled to pathologize and point out the obvious in these cases
For example, if someone were talking about a know and convicted rapist, I couldn’t even begin to imagine myself saying, “well, you know he was a human being too” or making a point of saying something like how he may have loved his mother, or had friends and a cat, or something. What have I added to the discussion by making such an observation?
And saying, “well he probably looked like a ‘normal’ guy” or “he once led a ‘normal’ life” kinda goes without saying. It’s just an unnecessary (and obvious) observation. If murderers or rapists had outwardly visual giveaways, or if their lives were SO VERY unusual as to raise red warning flags and alarm bells, well then, I doubt there would be quite as many murder or rape victims
I seriously just do not get why some people reflexively feel the need to go there…at best, it may be a misplaced sense of morality to “defend” or “humanize” someone who is (rightfully) being pilloried and derided; …at worst? Idek
and also say they look like such nice people, they’re so friendly, etc lets them get away with their crimes even more. how many times have i heard about ted bundy being so attractive and popular?
People will defend Hitler before they defend POCs
The word of the day is: Sociopaths