It is very easy to mute words. To block people. To deflect and say that the problems of the world have little or no impact to you. That you can eat, pray and love away all of the issues. That it's best to optimize for "positivity" and "blessings" instead of opening one's eyes to events around them.
It's self-centered and self-serving to do so. Especially in a world where the actions of the many can override the actions of a few. Instead of deeper introspection into why one might "react" or be "outraged", people opt to just say that the people speaking up are just making noise. It's moderately tolerable to see this from strangers - my stance on humans is that we're capable of great good, we just have evolved to focus only ourselves - but it gets borderline depressing to see this from people I want to call friends and family. It's a bit isolating to think that the concept of optimizing for general safety for people you can't even see is something people are willing to chuck out of the window for momentary comfort. It's even more saddening to see the same people claim to be proponents of "progress" and general social well-being be so hypocritical.
To put things into context, I'm a Black vegan democratic socialist. A bunch of words to say that I want to optimize for the less fortunate, provide resources to all (since we have more than enough) and against any form of harm to life that causes immediate harm to the environment. This also means that I exist in a minority in a lot of spaces I enter. Granted, I am also a young cisgender heterosexual (cishet) male, so I have all of the affordances and privileges that come with that (not having my authority challenged by other people that adhere to patriarchal ideals, etc). However, once I'm among peers, I can notice how alone I am in my stances.
- There's a strong belief in the general African diaspora residing in the United States that capitalism can be somehow made ethical despite decades of years of evidence showing the contrary.
- Even with more research coming about the impact of animal abuse and consumption, Black people are unwavering to the idea that meat and dairy are vital for life. There's (weak) arguments made around it being vital for child birth and growth.
- There's less want of a unity to allow for group mobility and more of a demand of abusive systems that have historically put Black people in the States into lower positions of mobility and class.
I want to chuck a lot of this to Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome but there's a few holes in that theory that wouldn't fit neatly with immigrant children from the continent or the Caribbean for example. This exists outside of the Black (and Latinx!) communities but I'm not qualified to speak on it, though. It's difficult to want change when everyone is comfortable with either contributing to the dismissal of their participation in oppression or the willingness to enter deeper into it despite them causing self-harm. Why are either of these okay?
I don't think I'm really saying anything. I'm just frustated that I have to justify me being here in my whole self almost daily. I'm tired of having to explain why Europe and the US should be wholly accountable for the damages they've caused and work from there (China, Russia, etc). Who's going to hold them accountable though? We can't see ourselves without some sort of national anchors and if these countries are the ones dictating 'order', we were screwed since the first Indigenous Taíno person fell to Columbus's raids of the West.
Maybe I should just be like y'all and say fuck it.