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what about Gaza and Ferguson John? do they not deserve your respect? you're such a hypocrite, i's disgusting

fishingboatproceeds:

I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.

Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.

Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only  whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.

I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.

The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.

I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”

But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.

At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.

I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.

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onceuponatime-confessions:

I hope the writers don’t turn Regina into a homewrecker who breaks up Robin’s and Marian’s marriage. Her character is so much better than that.”

Compared to what? She’s already torn apart families, ripped away people’s happiness, destroyed lives, raped a man, abused her child, killed thousands, surely being a homewrecker isn’t as bad as that list of wrong doings. 

But she’s trying to put that stuff behind her, she was evil, yes. But she’s trying to be better, she’s trying to change. We’re hoping this doesn’t turn her off that path.

There are some things that a person can’t put behind them because they shouldn’t. These aren’t accidents to be swept under the rug or in the mouse hole like dust because a person’s too lazy to sweep it outside or in a dustpan. And they sure as hell aren’t mistakes, which is a whole other infuriating story that I’m not getting into. 

If losing a barely two week old relationship, when she has no one to blame BUT herself because finally there is a face to every nameless person she’s hurt, is what turns her back to her evil ways then she never truly wanted the redemption for herself.

Look, I adore Regina, but don’t expect me to buy the dribble that the writers are giving us as far as her ‘redemption’, because I have seen nothing in her story lines that makes me believe that Adam and Eddie truly wants her to be a redeemed character. 

You make a very valid point, and I agree with you on the “mistakes” bullshit. I guess I’m more into hoping that she’ll get to be happy, because even when she was “evil” she wasn’t happy with snow whites suffering. I think she can be happy just as Henry’s mother and doesn’t need robin and I hope she can figure that out. I just want everyone to be happy but then we probably wouldn’t have a show.

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onceuponatime-confessions:

I hope the writers don’t turn Regina into a homewrecker who breaks up Robin’s and Marian’s marriage. Her character is so much better than that.”

Compared to what? She’s already torn apart families, ripped away people’s happiness, destroyed lives, raped a man, abused her child, killed thousands, surely being a homewrecker isn’t as bad as that list of wrong doings. 

But she’s trying to put that stuff behind her, she was evil, yes. But she’s trying to be better, she’s trying to change. We’re hoping this doesn’t turn her off that path.

I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.
: I am not Mike Brown.  (via fitle-tight)

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