I genuinely wonder how the white people we call out feel when the white supremacists/neo nazis/~”traditionalists”~ of tumblr go to their defense.
Like. Most of them are in denial that they’re racist to begin with, but when blatant racists come to your SUPPORT, does that not ring a bell in your head that maybe they’re supporting you because you’re also fucking racist????
Do they like that support?? Or do they go off and learn to do better after this ??? I’m just so concerned for the white supremacist-supported “I’m not racist!” white people 😢😥😰😂
American History textbooks more like
Chapter 1: Introduction to White People
Chapter 2: White Settlers and The Indian Savages
Chapter 3: Whitey Makes A Country
Chapter 4: The Blacks
Chapter 5: Wars, Wars, Wars
Chapter 6: No More Racism!: Martin Luther King Jr. Gives a Speech
Chapter 7: The Modern Whites
Respectability politics are so trash. Black men/Latinos in hoodies and baggy pants don’t deserve to be shot or mistreated just like women in short skirts don’t deserve to be raped. Any idiot with two brain cells to rub together would know that Martin Luther King was murdered in a suit and women in the 1800’s that were wearing long, complicated, thick ass dresses were still sexually assaulted. Stop that nonsense.
I’m furious right now but there’s also some shit that needs to be said so I’m going to try to say it with a minimum of cussing.
Yesterday the blog aosiseeyou was started “in defense and in support of characters the AOS fandom shoves to the side and/or stomps on, specifically Mike Peterson and Akela Amador.” In its intro post and sidebar it specifies: “This movement is not for Ward. Ward and Hydra apologists are not welcome here.” (x) 3 hours later an intro post for the new blog itmatterswhoiam went up. Described in the sidebar as “Positivity blog for all (but mostly the under-appreciated) Agents of SHIELD characters. No character hate beyond this point! Spread the love and appreciation” the intro post said “everyone is welcome to submit metas, graphics, and posts about these characters. absolutely everyone. remember to keep it positive, and to enjoy these characters for who they are, not who they aren’t.” (x)
Now I’m all in favor of more talking about characters like Akela and Mike, but there’s a big problem here, which I’m gonna try to break down.
A. There is a portion of people who no longer feel safe in the Agents of SHIELD fandom because a portion of Grant Ward supporters say harmful shit about abuse, attack abuse survivors, attack characters of color on the show, and attack fans of color and abuse survivors (among others) who speak up against this. And NO I am not having the “not all Ward fans” conversation right now. We all know it’s not all Ward fans, that is not the point. The point is there are a lot of fans of this show who want to be in the community of this fandom, but they are being pushed out because the environment is toxic to them.
B. Not feeling safe in fandom can mean a lot of different things but what they all have in common is a negative impact on people’s mental well-being and a negative drain on their emotions. These people who are feeling attacked and unsafe have every right to set up a safe space for themselves to talk about the characters they want to talk about. They have a right to establish what boundaries they need to establish in order for people to feel safe there.
You also can not ignore that the two primary characters being talked about here, Akela Amador and Mike Peterson are black and therefore on both an in-universe level and metatextual level suffer from anti-black racism. This [racism] is not just individual people’s feelings, this is systemic, institutionalized violence against black people and other people of color. [EDIT: I apologize, this was worded badly; to clarify, anti-black racism only affects black people, white supremacy affects all people of color.] White supremacy is among other things a system of abuse and when fans of color say that they need certain boundaries to help protect their mental well-being while living under an abusive system that they cannot escape, because white supremacy is literally everywhere, then those of us fellow fans who are white and benefit from that abusive system whether we want to or not (because it is physically impossible to opt out of the system of white supremacy) should be strongly supporting our fellow fans in doing what they need to do to take care of themselves.
(And YES that goes for life in general but this post is about AOS fandom in particular.)
The same goes for people supporting people who have been victims of individual abuse.
C. Now, within all of that context, saying “This movement is not for Ward. Ward and Hydra apologists are not welcome here” is not negativity. It is setting a boundary on this one specific individual blog so that people who feel unsafe in many other parts of fandom have at least one place where they can feel safe. And equating “I am going to set a boundary for my own protection” with “you are being negative and exclusionary” is incredibly fucking gross, privileged as fuck, and extremely harmful to the people for whom protecting their mental well-being is the most important.
But that is exactly what some people are doing. If you think itmatterswhoiam is not directly an attempt by a certain portion of Ward fans to make it about them and how they feel excluded and how therefore they think people trying to make even one single solitary safe space for themselves in this fandom is not okay, you need to look at the reblogs of the intro post:
"Exclusionary asshats"…….. right. I’ve seen other defenders of itmatterswhoiam telling people "but excluding people is bad." That’s already been addressed here (x); Ward fans are welcome to participate as long as they aren’t among the segment engage in those toxic behaviors. But honestly more importantly than that, if there are people making fandom unsafe toxic and harmful to a group of people, those people making a space for themselves and saying “the people who have been hurting us are not allowed here” is not unreasonable.
- If women want to make a safe space for women to talk about misogyny and support and defend other women, and that means men are not included, that is not unfair to men or an attack on men.
- If people of color want to make a safe space for people of color to talk about racism and support and defend other people of color, and that means white people are not included, that is not unfair to white people or an attack on white people.
- If abuse victims want to make a safe space for abuse victims to talk about abuse and support and defend other abuse victims, and people who have engaged in victim blaming/victim shaming are not included, that isn’t unfair to the people who engaged in the victim shaming.
#defend akela amador#defend mike peterson#defend their fans#defend people establishing boundaries to protect themselves
And if you disagree with those three statements, you need some serious oppression 101.
Honestly as an abuse survivor myself this kind of toxic invalidating bullshit is difficult for me to talk about so I’m gonna stop for now and let other people take over if they have more stuff they want to add. But seriously:
We got told over and over “if you want a movement for Akela and Mike, start your own” and when someone does, we get called “asshats” for not “being inclusive.” Fuck all of that.
Reblogging myself because I wanted to clarify I realized I worded the line “This is not just individual people’s feelings, this is systemic, institutionalized violence against black people and other people of color" badly. I meant to say both black people and other people of color are effected by white supremacy. I’m sorry if anyone sees an earlier version of my post & thinks I meant that anti-black racism applies to other people of color. That’s not true but my wording was too vague which is my fault.