Some more reasons why I won’t join any sort of social justice movement.
The real reason you don’t join a social justice movement: you don’t give a fuck about anyone but yourself.
If you don’t think the greater cause is more important than some “bad” apples, then you didn’t really care in the first place.
What does “joining a social justice movement”consist of in your mind, though? If you’re talking about doing real work aimed at stopping injustice in the world, then I’m with you. But if you’re talking about bitching & moaning about injustices online while offering no solutions & throwing expletives aroid, then no.
I don’t think the message is that you shouldn’t join a movement because some people within these movement are dicks - I think the message is you shouldn’t join a movement if YOU can’t join a movement without becoming a dick.
Don’t be one of those people who tries so hard to be good, they end up being bad.
"He who fights with monsters should see to it that he himself does not become a monster."
To me joining a social justice movement means informing yourself, informing others, and working in other ways to make a change. It can be as simple as talking to the people in your life and helping them see and stop any racism they might be harboring. It can be telling your niece that she’s smart and kind and loyal and that the way she looks isn’t the most important thing in the world. It can me simply being an example of someone that you never ever saw in your own life growing up, because then it makes these movements a lot more accessible to them. Making a change doesn’t have to be a pissing contest as to who does what and how much of it.
Chances are that those people who are “bitching & moaning” in these posts have an arsenal of other information and views on their blogs that actually do help people. Chances are these people do the stuff I mentioned above, and maybe more, as part of their involvement in social justice. We can’t forget that these are people’s blogs. They can vent and talk shit whenever they need that release and it doesn’t make what they’re fighting for any less important or valid.
If the message is that you shouldn’t join a movement because you’re afraid of what you’ll become, then I have two things to say:
1. The issue, then, is not with the social justice movement. The issue is with your own lack of sense of self. If you personality is that malleable, then that means you would change who you are regardless of what circle you join.
2. What’s wrong with becoming angry every once in a while? I would never encourage anyone to be constantly angry or hateful, simply out of self-preservation, but it’s usually anger that fuels these movements. Complacency is what an oppressive society and those in power need in order to maintain their power. Fear of change is what keeps the fucked up things as they are.
Everyone should join a movement if it’s important. Everyone. If it turns you into a dick, at least you’re a dick who is no longer on the side of the oppressors.
"Silence in the face of evil is itself evil."
"…informing yourself, informing others, and working in other ways to make a change. It can be as simple as talking to the people in your life and helping them see and stop any racism they might be harboring. It can be telling your niece that she’s smart and kind and loyal and that the way she looks isn’t the most important thing in the world."
I really don’t see why you have to “join” a “social justice movement” to do any of these things. To me this just sort of sounds like being a decent person? Maybe it’s just the terminology of “joining” a “movement” that I find troublesome.
Either way, I disagree with your assessment that it’s worth it to “join” a “movement,” or “take up a cause,” even if it turns you into a dick.
I.e. If I become so against violence that I go out & hurt people who are known for being violent, i.e. commit violence myself, then I have failed myself & my supposed opposition to violence.