dear tumblr social justice,
tell me would this work have been improved if MLK had just screamed SHUT THE FUCK UP WHITEY I DON’T GOTTA EXPLAIN ANYTHING CHECK YOUR PRIVILEGE CRACKERS over and over
the answer is no
what you dickbutts don’t seem to realize is that no, screaming and acting like petulant children will get you nowhere in achieving social justice
and don’t you even fucking say HURR TONE ARGUMENT either because that’s not what this is about
calling tone argument is not a “get out of being a raving douchebag-free” card and it never has been no matter what tumblr tells you
MLK isn’t so well known because he’s “white approved” or whatever dumb shit you all are saying about him now
the letter has a ton of emotion. it’s absolutely bursting with it. he wasn’t being nice. he wasn’t kissing anyone’s ass, least of all white ass. hell about a third of the letter is even him criticizing “moderates” who say they care but really don’t give two shits. he lays it out very clearly how horrible oppression is and why they are fighting.
but you know what separates the letter from a birmingham jail from the angry violent screeds of tumblr’s brand of social justice
the former is actually smart about it
MLK used his own knowledge against his oppressors. as a reverend he knew the bible and was able to turn the typical biblical arguments for racism around on the people who’d put him in jail.
what’s more he gave clear examples of the pain of oppression, how it damages people for life and giving the readers an idea of what it feels like for even the simplest things to become a nightmare just because of your skin color
once again he wasn’t kissing any ass or giving any ground. he got their attention, approaching them as a logical rational human being and only then, using emotion backed by logic and strong evidence, metaphorically beat the shit out of them
it’s called rogerian persuasion and it fucking works
this is the kind of persuasion that, when combined with nonviolent action and protesting, gets shit done. gets laws changed
you know what doesn’t get things changed?
outright hostility. if all you can do is scream insults then you are literally going to go nowhere. tone argument nothing, that’s just simple fucking logic. approach people with “DIE CIS SCUM GO FUCKING KILL YOURSELF CRACKER” and you’re going to turn people away. violence for any other purpose than self-defense is going to make people think you’re crazy and your cause isn’t worth pursuing.
no one is saying you have to be nice but emotion alone will only get you so far. if you can’t back up your feelings with the truth you’re just blowing hot air and anyone will be able to see it
if you’re just a normal person who happens to be of an oppressed group and want nothing to do with furthering social justice and just want to be left alone, fine. it’s your life. hole up and hate the white straight cissies all you want. whatever, seriously
but if you claim to be an advocate for social justice then yeah sorry it is your responsibility to be able to convey your message in a clear, coherent manner and if all you do is scream and insult people and especially if you refuse to educate anyone you’re doing it wrong
the best thing you can do to further social justice is to educate yourself. educate yourself in various methods of persuasion. learn how to write. broaden your horizons and enlighten yourself to anything that could help your case. you have an internet connection? stop yelling at people on tumblr and do some fucking research.
if you all can do that then i’ll stop calling tumblr the worst fucking thing that’s happened to social justice