It never has.
This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.
i’ll reblog this every single time i see it
We all should. Let’s make this thing go viral.
an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind
You know, I used to think that, and then I realized something:
When people say they hate white people or all skinny people should fuck off or all men should die, what they’re really saying is:
"I’m fucking tired of being harassed, threatened, assaulted, ignored, belittled, and oppressed by those people.”
Hate won’t end hate, but hating white/cis/straight/skinny/male people won’t hurt them either. If someone says, “I fucking hate white people,” I don’t get turned down for a job. I don’t get shot by the police. I don’t stop seeing people like me on the cover of every magazine, on every movie poster, and on every advertisement.
And when someone says, “#stop white ppl 2k14” I think “Damnit, they probably had to deal with some really shitty people today/their entire life. I’m gonna do my best *not* to be the person that makes them say that.” And I go merrily along on my way (except, you know, with the knowledge that my friend is feeling bad because white people suck).
If you don’t realize that the comment isn’t directed at you, it’s probably because it’s directed at you.
Hate won’t end hate, but it can vent a little frustration and be cathartic.
Also racism, sexism (and to a large extent fatphobia, homophobia, transphobia) are not really about hate. So the whole idea of “don’t fight hate with hate” isn’t even accurate to the situation. What’s really happening is people are fighting centuries-old oppressive social, cultural, and economic systems with frustrated venting on the internet.
And I don’t really care if that doesn’t help on a large scale (though being able to commiserate together and talk about shared experiences with your community absolutely does). Cause it doesn’t do anyone any real harm (beyond a mild “a stranger on the internet said something mean about a huge group I happen to be a part of”).
Also if you rescind support for someone because they were mean to you, you’re a fucking asshole. If you think people’s right to be treated as a human being is something they have to earn by being nice to you, you’re a certified, Grade A asshole.
tl;dr: Fuck privileged people who think it’s more important for people to be nice to them than it is for oppressed people to be able to vent their frustrations at the seriously fucked up power dynamics and violence in this world.