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.
You can find a list of organizations that likely need your donations and support now more than ever, HERE.