Co-signing, because that was some real shit he said here!
Activism requires so much of and from you. Money to help families of victims, money to travel to be in places like Flint, MI or Ferguson or Baltimore, money to make sure your affairs at home are still taken care of while you're out taking care of others; time needed to be in the streets, courthouses, protest rallies; time to take off work to give your all for free, time to dedicate to the eradication of a corrupt system.
Not everyone can do this on a consistent basis, or at all. Personally, I want to be out there, raising my voice for awareness, and decrying that enough is enough, because it is. I used to feel bad about not going to places like Baltimore or sending cases of water to Flint or donating to victims of police neglect and murder on GoFundMe. Then, I realized that I have a life here that also requires a lot of my time and money. I have a daughter, a job, I'm paying for school, and many other obligations that hinder me from doing the perceived "good work" of "real" activism. I was called out by my younger sister a few months ago for "doing nothing." But, what she doesn't realize is that talking to her and those around me, spreading ideas, educating and reeducating myself and others on these issues, and being a "keyboard warrior" IS doing something!
I don't have to march to show others I'm over this nonsense. I can speak up wherever I am, call out friends and family on bullshit rhetoric, and open discussions on these vital conversations. Online activism is just as powerful, and actually faster and more effective. Video and commentary can go viral in seconds. Organizing groups and rallies can take hours, not days. Using the Internet to further the cause is not only smart, it's necessary. It's NEEDED to make the changes we seek and force others to recognize our seriousness.
I wear the label Keyboard Warrior proudly.
Here's the article that my favorite blogger wrote:
"The Love Life of an Asian Guy" said:
Let me say something real quick about folks who dismiss "online activism" because, "You're not there in person, marching in the streets!"
First off, you're stepping on paper-thin floors with that bullshit because:
1.) It's ableist to assume all activists can just get up and march or stand around Central Park and pass out fliers. Some activists have speech or mobility disabilities that prevent them doing the "work" that you seem to deem "good work."
2.) It's classist because in-person activism takes TIME and/or MONEY. Sorry, sweety, but some activists have families to take care of and 9-5 jobs. Trust me, if I had the time I'd LOVE to be out in person speaking behind a megaphone. If I had a fuckton of money I'd LOVE to drop a few thousand on a cause I care about.
I have neither, and so do a lot of the "online activists" you shit on.
Besides that, you need to put some fucking respect on the online activist community. How do you think folks got the idea to boycott "Stonewall," "Gods of Egypt," "Exodus," and "Ghost in the Shell"?
I GUARANTEE YOU it wasn't from some dude standin' on a soapbox in front of Denny's.
Beyond that, do you realize how many racist folks POC have managed to get fired via social media? Do you realize how many ideas spread? Do you realize how much video footage of police brutality (aka, EVIDENCE) spreads through the web?
Sorry, but activism in 2016 = SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVISM. There is a need for both physical and digital activism and they should work in tandem.
Also... the Black Lives Matter organization, aka, the new leaders of the new Civil Rights Movement, was started online by a team of Black women.