diary: speak up

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never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.

 

I don’t like to share a lot of wordy posts in a row, but I’ve noticed a trend within the last few days of bloggers and other influencers purposely not discussing politics and the current state of our country on their blogs/associated profiles, particularly because they don’t want to “alienate” certain audiences. I don’t agree with this. Because it felt as though the country was in a day of mourning the first day following our election results, I understand and agree that it felt weird promoting any sort of posts. To continue on with your head in the sand and push others to not acknowledge, because they might lose followers? No. I think maintaining silence will alienate people more.

I think it’s important now more than ever for those of us with an amplified voice to maintain our vocal support and to really be talking. If you don’t think that hate is pouring over into our country right now, just take a look at Shaun King’s facebook, where you can see every few hours a new incident being posted. This alone was in my city.

There is no shame in wanting to share your Christmas wish lists (I’ll be doing the same!) and your product roundups, I get the need to make money, but you need to remember who your followers are. Some of them are experiencing intense fear for the lives and what’s to come, as well as hate speech and hate crimes. If this loses me followers, then so be it, that is not the audience I want to gather.

I support the POC, the LGBTQ, the minorities, the immigrants and refugees (and those whose parents are these), the women who fear for their reproductive rights. I support the people who are afraid to walk down the street, to leave their house, the ones hurting badly right now. I’m here to speak up if and when you need me to, and I’m here to listen when you need me to.

We cannot be silent in the face of oppression, because in doing so, we are supporting the oppressors. Remember that.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

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6 Comments

  1. The Sunday Mode November 12, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I think it’s great that you talked about this, I can understand why some people want to steer clear of the topic though and I don’t necessarily think that means they don’t want to share their views, they just might not want to blog about those kinds of subjects (depending on the blog’s style). Regardless, I support you and I think a lot of people reading this who may be fearful would be comforted in knowing there’s support out there.

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 13, 2016 / 10:45 pm

      I can understand that view point. My post was mostly in response to people actively posting in facebook groups telling others not to comment at all, which I found weird and not something I could get behind. It seems almost an instance of “if you don’t follow the rest of the herd you’d be excommunicated” kind of deal. Thanks for playing devil’s advocate though, I appreciate this a lot! x

  2. Tatjana November 13, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Beautifully written post girl! I was surprised as well to notice European bloggers made more social commentary on the elections than USA bloggers.
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Cheers,
    T.
    https://tbymallano.com/

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 13, 2016 / 10:48 pm

      Thank you! and I haven’t seen a lot of bloggers really pause to comment on it, but instead just continued on like nothing happened? I don’t know, I found it kind of weird. x

  3. Alice November 13, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    What a terrifying mess. I’m scared for you all over there and I’m scared for the rest of us too. I have no words. I’m glad you do and you are speaking up.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 13, 2016 / 10:49 pm

      Girl, I’m gonna come move over there with you. Or just not come back from my Paris trip. But really, I hope everyone is just too stunned right now to even comment on the state of affairs.

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