Hello dear reader(s)!
This is a continuation of yesterday’s post. Click here to read that one.
Yesterday I left off with a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. that is seldom trotted out by my fellow white people who think that he was more for peace and order than a just peace. It is the perfect lead-in to this next point.
- You condemn direct action and the necessary use of force by those fighting for justice I don’t know how many times I have heard my fellow white people talk about the roads being blocked by protesters. I don’t know how many times I have heard them complain about marches that were not permitted. I don’t know how many times I have heard them about the disruptive practices that groups such as Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA engage in to help make their messages heard. They usually trot out some Martin Luther King, Jr. quote about peace and nonviolence to attempt to bolster their point without knowing the full body of his work and opinions. But, the “peaceful, nonviolent marches” of the 60’s civil rights era blocked some roads. They marched without being permitted to. They broke other laws. And (whether the law and order white crowd likes to acknowledge it or not), they were listened to more by those in power because they were a more palatable alternative to the riots and violence that was happening at the same time. You may not want to take part in civil disobedience or violence, but do not condemn those who do.
- You believe criticism of our nation is beyond reproach You still cling to jingoistic clichés like “Support The Troops!” and “Back The Badge!” despite our military and law enforcement’s cozy relationship with white supremacist groups. You are more angry about someone sitting down during the National Anthem than you are about police brutality and a military full of white supremacists fighting for the interests of multi-national corporations that are already subsidized by your tax dollars and pay little back to the country. Do not care about a piece of cloth more than the values that cloth was supposed to have (but never really has) represented. Do not care more about a song (that includes a verse about celebrating the killing of slaves) than your fellow people. Do not care more about people not liking the President than all of the horrible and reprehensible things he does in your name.
- You fight as if we don’t have bigger fish to fry This will piss a lot of people off. But hey, that’s what I do best. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “SJW” or “Social Justice Warrior”. There is noting wrong with fighting for social justice. There is nothing wrong with being a social justice warrior. Except those who are often called social justice warriors, are anything but. These are the people who take more issue with what colors are in the Pride Flag than they do with the fact that LGBTQ violence is at an all-time high. They are the ones who probably took issue with the fact that I didn’t include an “I” and “A” after LGBTQ and whatever other letter they want added, while doing it all from the comfort of their Tumblr. They believe their opinion of how things should be is fact, and do not attempt to persuade people why, just attack them for not saying the right thing. In short, they turn potential allies away from movements. When confronted with this, these are the type of people who will say that if they don’t say things the way they want said, or express their opinions in the manner they deem appropriate, they aren’t wanted or needed as allies anyway. That is horseshit. When blocking an intersection to make a point, I guarantee it is much more important to have 200 people than it is to have 20 people there. With 20, a car can speed through the crowd (like what happened on Columbus Day in my hometown of Reno, NV) and injure people, and the person is likely going to get off with no jail time. (Which is what happened.) When 200 people are there, unless the guy wants a murder charge, he’s going to go around. I’m not saying the Columbus Day protest turnout was low for this reason, but many protests are smaller than they could be because people are more concerned with the small stuff that can be worked out when people aren’t dying. If a guy standing next to me at a Black Lives Matter protest is holding a sign with language I don’t agree with, but we are both there fighting for holding law enforcement to be held to the same standards as the rest of us, I am not about to take issue with his use of the words because he is there, fighting for the same thing I am. If a woman at a Pride march is holding a sign that wants protection from discrimination against the LGBT community, and leaves off the Q, I, or A, or +, or whatever, I am still going to be glad she showed up. If a person who believes that using the term Nazi for anyone with white supremacist ideologies (as Nazis are white supremacists, and white supremacists shouldn’t get to choose what they are called) without specifically calling them white supremacists is being called a bad ally by someone from their Facebook account, the person calling that person a bad ally needs to get the fuck over it and be glad someone is helping to fight their enemy. For the record, I, personally, think white supremacy is evil, vile, and disgusting. I know not all white supremacists identify as Nazis, and quite frankly, I don’t give a fuck how they want to identify. Nazi does not mean National Socialist (it didn’t even back then, despite what Hitler wanted you to believe). To me a Nazi is anyone with white supremacist beliefs, be they KKK, or Neo-Nazi skinheads, or whoever the fuck else group of inbred Nazi trash they claim to be. So while you argue over the proper language, I will be out trying to make sure they are met with resistance when they try to intimidate and harm you and others. This one is easy to fix. Learn what an ally really is. Understand that allies usually do not have the same tactics. In fact, allies rarely even have the same ideology. The allied countries in WWII did not share exactly the same views. They did not share the same tactics. In fact, they were very critical of each other’s tactics. What made them allies was a common interest in defeating a common enemy. Remember that, the next time you dare to say someone isn’t a good ally.
So what if I do think you suck at resisting, and specifically address the reasons why and what you can do about it? If you disagree with me in whole or in part, you are still welcome as an ally, provided you are doing SOMETHING to resist this fascist system of oppression and injustice.