Okay, seriously? There are literally 36 threads on reddit linking to this blog, and for a site that claims not to support harassment, there sure are a lot of people from the past week (before any other articles appeared) making tumblr accounts to send one message:
Once again, Black people in particular are being targeted by messages like these, and I can’t claim that this message affects me the same way it would Black people. But you might notice that that’s the point of this message: it’s a threat. “You have no history.” And that’s what these people are trying to “prove”, and if that doesn’t work, then come the threats, the slurs, the violence.
These links are being submitted by people with handles like “Death_to_SJWs” (“SJW” apparently being a derogatory term for people doing anti-racist or other social justice work) and spawning off into other threads claiming they’re being “demonized” because of other messages I received telling me to “kill myself”.
There’s more that I’m not going to get into, but I’d like to take a moment for some perspective here.
This is an Art History and Historiography blog. Never doubt that there are people who are extremely committed to keeping our education, our media, and the images we see under control. People acting “surprised” about the harassment I’ve been receiving should probably take a moment to think about what kinds of environments you’re fostering: environments where bullying and harassment is not just tolerated, but encouraged.
I personally am not concerned or surprised by the backlash, although I’m surprised by how far it has traveled, in online terms. I’m not concerned for myself, considering nothing is made more dangerous by this than it is going about my business as a marginalized person in the United States. But honestly, those who consider themselves some kind of victim in this situation for fomenting spaces for bullying and abuse are seriously misguided.
I once again cannot overstate just how much very real resistance there is to these narratives, facts, and ideas becoming common and accessible.
You’re blog is amazing. I’m sorry you’re being harassed like this.
On a personal note: The fact that there are people against me knowing the history of my people assures me even more so that researching, studying, and spreading our history to others is an absolute must.
Apparently some old lady ended up shooting like three kids who ran up on her
Killed one of em, other two are in bad shape.
Can’t even say I’m mad but the thing I’m afraid of is some kids ended up getting shot just because someone is twitchy and on edge
Yeah see, I saw some shit like that coming .
no one’s surprised by it I just hope the fuckboys stop
What exactly is this “knockout game”? My parents were talking about it earlier but I’m confused. All I know is people upload shit to Youtube.
supposedly the knockout game (or polar bear hunting, I’ve seen it called that too) is a game where black teens try to knock out a white person
In a perfect world, I’d be all for this game but given the state of police and panicky white people hunting us down and shooting us in the fucking faces for asking for HELP, this is a decidedly BAD idea and I’m about to text my brother and tell him to NOT participate in that fuckery AT ALL.
There is no such thing as a knockout game. It’s been debunked. This is like that urban legend about gang initiations that involve flashing your headlights at a stranger & getting killed.
During World War One, 10% of all casualties were civilians.
During World War Two, the number of civilian deaths rose to 50%.
During the Vietnam War, 70% of all casualties were civilians.
In the war in Iraq, civilians account for up to 90% of all deaths."
The War You Don’t See by John Pilger. (via sandysays)
but the news calls them
civilians enemy combatants so people look away and ignore it
"In San Francisco last year, a man stabbed a woman in the face and arm after she didn’t respond positively to his sexually harassing her on the street.
In Bradenton, Fla., a man shot a high school senior to death after she and her friends refused to perform oral sex at his request.
In Chicago, a scared 15-year-old was hit by a car and died after she tried escaping from harassers on a bus.
Again, in Chicago, a man grabbed a 19-year-old walking on a public thoroughfare, pulled her onto a gangway and assaulted her.
In Savannah, Georgia, a woman was walking alone at night and three men approached her. She ignored them, but they pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
In Manhattan, a 29-year-old pregnant woman was killed when men catcalling from a van drove onto the sidewalk and hit her and her friend.
Last week, a runner in California — a woman — was stopped and asked, by a strange man in a car, if she wanted a ride. When she declined he ran her over twice."