People when talking about online activism that challenges their prejudiced notions:Why don't you get out in the real world and do something?? Whining on tumblr and the internet doesn't change anything!
Same exact people discussing the internet in every single other instance:The internet is such a powerful tool it really brings us together in so many ways and connects us, it's the most essential tool for spreading information and changing things the most immense way because everyone is on the internet, social media has really changed the world.
"Disability activists abandon their wheelchairs and mobility devices and crawl up the 83 stone steps of the U.S. Capital Building demanding the passage of the American with Disability Act, March 12, 1990."
I feel like there is a trend where photos of monumental moments in civil and human rights are presented in black and white, which really distracts from the reality that this happened less than 25 years ago.
This is a fucking badass demonstration and to present fighting ableism as something that happened a long long time ago is really just not reality.
Yeah, I think that it presents this in a sort of “we’ve come so far since then” kind of light, when that’s just not true. For example, in 2009 ADAPT protested the lack of long-term care services in the health care reform legislation with a very similar protest/sit-in:
Invalidating "Internet Activism"
In 2013 if someone is organizing a protest at your school, how will you find out about it and be updated and reminded about it? Probably through technology that requires the internet (emails, facebook) etc.So what is the point of trivializing the impact that the internet has, on of all things, activism when we all fucking know it isn’t trivial at all..
The people whining about “internet activism” and “social justice warriors” are never the people doing activism anywhere so I don’t know what makes them feel like the experts.
Do you really think I could ever in my life bring together 20,000 people to listen to me talk about racism in person..? Do you know how difficult it would be to sign up 20,000 people for a petition in the city I live in.. like sit outside with my 1 clipboard and just wait and walk around and drive until I get 20,000 signatures? I could do that OR I could post a link to a petition and have 20,000 people in different states and countries spread it in under one night…..
So why are we invalidating how powerful and important that is? Why is that funny or embarrassing or silly or trivial?
its 20 fucking 13 can we stop pretending that online activism and general awareness campaigns “dont do anything” before i got on tumblr i was a racist sexist anti-feminist piece of garbage whos greatest understanding of any social issue was discrimination against white gay men and that trans people were “men trapped in womens bodies”
obviously something fucking right is going on so why dont you stop being pessimistic little shits.
Eli and I were having lunch and decided to look at the Halloween store next to the restaurant.
We FOUND a bunch of “racist product” stickers and also FOUND that these stickers were put on some of the racist costumes in the store.
How strange to FIND such a thing! A+ anti-racism work!
This is wonderful!
I really hate racist costumes and the enormous profit they make, but isn’t that just making more work for the employees, many who are probably underpaid seasonal employees? They have to rip off the sticker, answering confused and irate customer complaints, etc. In the worst case scenario, they could get blamed for letting this happen. Again, I hate that this shit sells but these type of protests don’t damage the industry as much as they do the ordinary salesperson, which really does kill the point of grassroots activism.
I actually thought of that and decided that since this is a relatively small, relatively “safe” sticker (that’s easily “Whoops! I didn’t see that!”), it gets the point across without, say, making a loud protest in the store. I am not by any means suggesting that such offenses don’t DESERVE a loud protest (JFC, the one for children, especially), but I’m with you on the futility (as well as the unfairness) of doing that to someone who has no say whatsoever in the store’s stock and may harbor the opinion that YES, it IS racist, but there’s nothing they can do.
Also, I’m wondering since these stickers were found (and also found placed on the items in the store) if maybe an associate wasn’t behind this and getting their say in some subtle “anonymous” way.
A white college student from a private college goes into a poor neighborhood and volunteers four hours a week and that’s considered exemplary. [Whereas] a poor kid who lives in that community and takes care of all the kids in that neighborhood four hours every day is not seen as a volunteer.
Patricia Hill Collins (via sadbrownprincess)
I HATE the concept of community service that high schools and colleges use. For this exact reason. Real activism and service (that is primarily done by the oppressed out of necessity or in support of their own community) is never counted.
PoC, “third-world”/Global South people and poor people DON’T exist just so some pretentious little white/Western bourgeois fuck can improve their resume and boost their white savior ego. (via the-uncensored-she)
The story of a feminist take-over of a Facebook page
Most feminists already now that men lie. Just because women don’t feature much in the history books does not mean our contributions to the world don’t exist. Men have embellished their accomplishments, conveniently ignored women’s work or have claimed credit for things they haven’t done. As a result our representation in malestream media is either minor or mischaracterised. The images and footage of women are one dimensional and distorted. It is extremely rare to see a woman portrayed in mass-media as she actually is.
We have no voice and no control in this media either. When we try to speak up and speak out against these gross misrepresentations we get harassed, threatened and sometimes even assaulted. This happens everywhere, including on Facebook. Read more…
I cannot endorse this awesomeness enough. Facebook and their bullshit, highly selective “standards” chap my ass to no goddamn end. We need more of this.
Do we know the original artist for this? I couldn’t find a source on either a reverse image search or a caption search.
Anyway, it reminds me of this one (another in the public domain so long I couldn’t find the original artist):