August 28 2014, 7pm
LISTEN HERE TUMBLR
YOU FUCKERS NEED TO SERIOUSLY STOP GANGING UP ON AND BULLYING PEOPLE FOR THEIR MISTAKES.
You do realize that a lot of people on this website are rather young and/or aren’t educated about the conduct and vocabulary we use online. People slip up, people are ignorant; it’s a problem. But when someone fucks up the default attitude of this website is to scream and yell and demonize the person. You throw around fancy words that you don’t fully understand. You call people rape apologists, scum, abuser, transphobic, racist, etc etc etc. And you base this off of one post the person made on their blog.
Yes there are a many problematic issues and bloggers on this website. But bullying them off of the internet will not solve this problem. Oh yes and then you will say that it isn’t “bullying” to call out someone’s problematic behavior. Well it is when your actions invite people to judge a blogger based upon one action in which they know neither the context of the situation nor the person who committed the act.
We should be educating our friends. Not sending them hateful messages demeaning them for their mistakes. Yes it’s easy to hate someone for the mistakes they have made. When people are insensitive to the the people affected by social issues such as the lgbtgia community, rape victims, people of color, women, and more, we as a tumblr community feel motivated to protect these people whom suffer so much daily in real life. But these well intended thoughts often turn into misguided social justice. When you send someone hate do you even know the person? Backstory does not excuse action but have you ever considered what the person went through to become the person they are? Perhaps the person was raised in a community where they were not exposed to racism and are unaware that they may be using slurs or derogatory language. That’s why we educate people. If you aggressively move to shame the person and force them off of the internet they will only see the experience as painful and hateful instead of positively learning from their mistakes and trying to change. In certain situations these people fall into depression and some try to commit suicide. But how would we even know? They’ve been bullied off of their blogs. People are so wrapped around their aggressive misguided social justice that they don’t realize the damage that they have caused.
You want to stand up for social justice? That’s great! Go out in the real world and do something. Educate people patiently. Do that instead of staying on your computers and throwing hate at someone you don’t even know for a situation you don’t fully understand. Do not justify your actions by saying you are doing thing by spreading awareness of an abuser and that they deserve the hate they get. You are bullying under the facade of social justice.
Also, if you feel that this has nothing to do with you, and that you aren’t the ones starting posts calling out people or sending anon hate, you’re wrong. Every ‘like’ you give, every ‘reblog’ you make is another incentive to the person who enjoys this type of internet aggression. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We’ve all been ignorant at some point in our lives and many of us still are. People please be kind to one another. Stop it with the ‘us’ and ‘them’. If we really want to make a difference in this community then we have to do it together.
tl:dr- stop being fucking assholes and jumping onto the bandwagon of misguided social justice. If you want to make people change you educate them not bully them off the internet.