The other day I made a post about being an #EverydayFeminist
and here we have a brilliant video about #EverydayRacism
. It's a different angle on a different topic, but the elements of the problem remain the same: in our current Western culture, certain demographics are systematically discriminated against in ways that you would not even realise or recognise unless you were either a member of that demographic or were paying attention and caring about it.
I know, it's become a "thing" to hear about prejudice, discrimination and a multitude of "~isms" in popular discourse and I know that if you're not a victim of that, it's easy to dismiss, ridicule and become annoyed by those that complain about it. I know that when life becomes difficult, as it does for every living thing on earth, it can be tiresome to hear some people claim "special treatment" when they air their grievances. After all, do we all not suffer? Is life not a struggle for everyone? Why should you get all the attention?
The thing is that yes, life is tough for everyone, which is why we must strive to make it a better place for everyone, no matter what your race, colour, creed, gender, physical or mental ability, or favourite ice cream flavour is. It's perfectly possible to see the larger picture of how people of all stripes suffer at the hands of fate or an uncaring system whilst at the same time
recognising that certain minorities face barriers and indignities that are logically, philosophically and in all ways unjustified but are unfairly inflated because of historical and cultural biases.
As I said in my post about feminism, it's easy for a Western, middle-class, white, straight, abled man to disregard the problems of other people simply because I'm a human too and I've got as many problems as anyone else, just by virtue of being a human in this world. Why should anyone else get singled out? But of course it's not special treatment, it's that those other groups get an even worse
deal that is entirely and completely based on pure, unadulterated bullshit.
I don't have to be a part of those groups to understand or feel what they're going through, I have enough friends and loved ones of every conceivable human flavour that I can understand their woes on an empathic level as a fellow human being (this is an advantage of living in a cosmopolitan city like London). Even if I didn't, I'm salient enough to be able to read and hear from the experiences of others online and in art that it is a reality they face in their daily lives.
Just honestly coming to terms with the sorts of endemic bullshit they have to face on a daily basis that's built in
to the way that the society they live in works around them on top
of the crap we all gave to put up with every day is enough to make me mad and I'm not even directly affected by it.
So I'm not afraid of the "anti-SJW" backlash that's de rigueur (in all honesty I'm not entirely even sure what Tumblr even is) and I'm not afraid to speak out for the cause of basic human dignity and equal rights. Fuck racism. Fuck sexism. Fuck cynicism. Fuck everythingism. And fuck me if you have the inclination, I'm easy.