Today's lesson, Racism. If you see something written here that you’ve said or done, use it as an opportunity. Take it as a wake up call and make the decision to grow, change and be conscious of your own privilege. Remember, I am not a speaker for the entirety of a people. Use this blog as a reference tool, not as the one and only view on the topic.
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Recently, there were questions about collecting people. Who, when and where. Hopefully, this will help.
Who-Those that match you in discussion. If the discussion is about race, you should be “Collecting” those of your same race when they are fucking up. Race is usually going to be the biggest factor due to interesectionality. Even when dealing with something like homophobia, race is going to be a factor. When in doubt, collect your own race.
When-You should be collecting whenever you see bigoted actions. Be prepared to not be listened to and to have illogical reasoning thrown at you. Most bigots haven’t thought out their bigotry, they just talk….and talk and talk.
Where-Online, this is slightly easier. You should pretty much do it whenever you see it. When you are face to face with someone, it can be a little more difficult. I can tell you from personal experience, when face to face and in a position where you can not simply link them to why they are wrong, you have to either know your shit OR stand strong in not agreeing with whatever they’ve just said or done. This is generally frustrating because again, you will rarely (If ever) be met with logic or reason. For most bigots, it all comes down to the “Freedom” to harm.
*Collecting is a should, not a must-Before you go off collecting bigots, you should be sure that YOU can handle it. Yes, I absolutely believe that all of us should collect but I know that not all of use can collect. Collecting is not easy. It’s not fun and it’s not something that all of us can handle, emotionally. If you can, you should. If you can’t, do what you can. You aren’t a bad person because you can’t handle the inevitable pile on that comes with fighting bigots. On the other hand, if you can but choose not to, I am judging you hard.