Anonymous: Just food for thought about people unfollowing you. I too have seen a lot of posts recently about racial oppression, and police brutality. I have not unfollowed anyone for posting this, nor am I planning on doing so. But I do admit that I often scroll past these posts without reading them fully or rebloging them. While I think that these issues are important, tumblr has made me sick and tired of everything resembling a social justice issue. And I know other people feel the same way.
You’re sick and tired, yet you are not the one who is dealing with racial oppression, or being tear gassed or maced or dragged out of your vehicle for being black. It’s easy to scroll past a post about brutality and racial oppression because it does not effect you. You have the privilege of being able to make the decision to ignore it because it does not effect you. And that decision is wrong. Just because the information being provided makes you feel uncomfortable or disappoints you, you are turning a blind eye and taking no part in supporting these people who are suffering greatly. If your family member or loved one was shot multiple times while running away from a cop, having done nothing whatsoever to deserve being stopped by a cop in the first place but for the fact that your skin is darker, you’d be disappointed and frustrated with the number of people so willing to not only ignore injustice, but to tell others it’s okay to ignore it too just because it makes you sick and tired. Imagine what you’d feel like if you were ACTUALLY being effected by the actions of oppressive people. Imagine how sick and tired you would be THEN.
A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.