i’m down. let’s do it.
for reals? srsly?
Make it happen!
yessssss just say what you need and im sure we’ll come up w it.
we need a name.
we need a good sized group (10 or…
I think that’s an awesome idea and would be down completely. And I agree about offline activism, that shit is hard right now. I be feeling guilty sometimes but what you said made me feel a bit better. I can’t contribute anything solid now, but I gotta reblog and come back to it.
i feel like i can say this clearer today. this is a really good idea. here’s the but.
i saw some things yesterday that really made my angry. like angry in a physically affected way re: these ideas. immediately after i blogged them, a few people either rebageled or sent messages saying the same thing: “this idea sucks.” (basically)
i’m going to say it again: a lot of people literally cannot do any type of offline activism - for one reason or another. to say “oh no we can’t do this thing because i’ve seen it before and it was shitty so instead of providing support, i’m going to add more problems to the mix - what do we do about this? what do we do about that?” is just… that’s not just shitty. that’s dirty. that’s divisive.
i don’t care if you don’t believe anymore - i understand people get burnt out and they quit and they have to stop believing. i understand that - but why do WE have to be burnt out with you? why do we have to scrap ideas because you’ve seen the same idea before and it didn’t work? did you see that same idea with the same people? no you didn’t.
this is one of my biggest issues with activism in the black and PoC communities. if we don’t like someone, fuck their idea. if we don’t know someone, fuck their idea. if we’ve been through something that seems like it could be similar, fuck their idea. if it’s not us starting it, fuck that idea. if we do like the idea but the person won’t put us in a position of leadership, fuck that idea. if we can’t somehow be in the front getting the most attention (even tho we’ll never say that), fuck that idea.
do you think nobody said to these groups who put together these demonstrations, “oh, people have marched before, it’s not going to do any good. just stay home.” - and what would have happened if they had? (the effects are debatable, for sure) what would have happened if, at the 3rd march in the 60’s, folks had listened to the detractors who said, “Well, we’ve marched twice and it obviously isn’t helping so let’s just quit while we’re not really ahead but we’re not dead.”
i’m not trying to lead anybody but myself to the life i want. but i am saying, what good does it do to shoot down the only hope some people have - and replace it with more problems? you can’t look at folks who are trying their best to come up with something and say, “nope. fuck that idea that’s brewing in your head.” and expect anything to get better. if you’re not providing a solution or some ideas then sit down and shut the fuck up. seriously.
yes, part of building is tearing down - but you’ve got to have something to tear down first. and if you’re tearing down? you’d better damn well have some way to replace what you want to take away before the entire building falls down.
hallefuckinglujah. let’s not all scramble for the big cheese so hard that we forget what the whole point of the cheese IS in the first place.