[to the tune of my daddy and my mommy] i’m shitting and i’m farting and i’m shitting and i’m farting
The reason I cringe at corporations splashing queer across t shirts and totes is not because of it being a slur or whatever, it’s because queer is a political statement that companies are either trying to co-opt or erase.
They’re trying to assimilate a word that is antithetical to assimilation, and it’s natural to cringe at that.
Queer is about liberation, radical inclusion, mutual aide, anti cop, anti capitalism, anti conformity, and fighting for human rights. And by fighting I do not just mean peaceful protesting and civil disobedience. I also mean direct action and rioting.
To have some rainbow T-shirt bedazzled with Queer sold at Target—a company that shows anti union videos during training and practices lean staffing while keeping as many employees as possible under the full time threshold—is a slap in the face.
Whether or not the product “looks good” is irrelevant. And it isn’t bad because oh no a slur (as if gay isn’t also a fucking slur) either. It’s bad because a company is profiting directly off of the dilution and erasure of a political movement.
And worse, people in our own community use it as evidence for why queer people should further closet and censor ourselves because “look you’ve called yourselves queer so much that the straights feel comfortable using it” when that’s not the issue and also not queer people’s fault!
remember that you’re white before you’re anything else and this impacts every single way you interact with the world compared to poc
whiteness is a shield for you as a person and its part of your privilege, ignorance on said privilege is complacency and support to white supremacy. a poc saying you have privilege is not an insult but a fact and a lot of you seriously have to think critically for once and question as to why you feel insulted
most of us need to be shown how to be considerate
not as a criticism or anything, I just mean that
A. being able to care for other people is a skill that’s practiced and honed
B. being considerate for each person is so wildly different, 90% of the time you will have no way of knowing how to be considerate for someone until they show you
C. you can try to get better at figuring out what people need implicitly, but all that skill really is is listening so just get better at listening
D. being good at listening and adapting on the fly is maybe the most precise definition of being considerate I can think of, so strive for that and just know you’re never gonna be a telepath
My hampster\’s buttcheeks.. <3
[id: the “highest honor i can bestow” meme. it shows carl and russel. on top of carl is white text that says “me”, and over russel there’s text saying “character i like”. the “highest honor i can bestow” is edited to say “ethnic identity.” /end id]
feliz jueves my friend :)
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