I have a lot of things in my head right now, so please bear with me for what will probably be a thread.
Being anti white supremacy and anti colonial is NOT the same as being pro black. Being anti cop ISN'T the same as being pro black. Being anti capitalist ISN'T the same as being pro black. It is not ok to co-opt black movements and black culture whenever they suit your needs and then abandon those same people when the work is harder and invisible 1/2
The black people on the fedi are hurting. They're hurting irl, and they're hurting #onhere. And it's our fault. It IS. Hurting someone unintentionally is still just as much our fault as hurting them purposely. The hurt is still the same. And they need apologies. The same way we collectively demanded other people apologize when they disappeared and came back like it was nbd after hurting brown/trans/queer people. They are no less deserving of your apologies 2/x
All of these things arent just something I know. Theyre things I learned from Marcia and other people on PV. They're things I learned from listening more than talking. A lot of us are doing wayyy more talking than listening right now, and we need to pause and reflect. Reading theory is great, and I love it, but it means nothing without putting that theory into practice, even when, and ESPECIALLY when it's hard. So please, listen. Listen to the black people, onhere and in your lives. 4/4
@ItsJenNotGabby can I follow you again? (as in I already follow you, but I want to smash that button a few more times)
@ItsJenNotGabby PV (and all black, POC, immigrant and indigenous users elsewhere) has been, and is, an important part of the fedi that has helped me grow as a white person who needs to work on myself too.
Sometimes it hurts to be called out (either personally or in general) and your gut reaction is "yeah but..." as a white person. But the important thing is to listen to what is being said because you have a lot more to learn from their voices than they do from you about racism.
@ItsJenNotGabby and a lot of other subjects too for that matter
Unstoppable shitposting engine.