You hear it a lot these days. The whole ‘you stood up for yourself and I didn’t like it and that’s why we have Trump‘ rhetoric. It is bullshit enough when we hear it from the conservatives, but it’s especially dismaying to hear it from our supposed ‘allies’. This notion that if we defend ourselves, we are somehow the oppressors.
Martin Luthor King Junior said it well:
“Over the last few years many Negroes have felt that their most troublesome adversary was not the obvious bigot of the Ku Klux Klan or the John Birch Society, but the white liberal who is more devoted to “order” than to justice, who prefers tranquility to equality”
It still holds true for the black population, but it applies as well to LGBT individuals. White liberals talk, but as soon as standing up for what is right would cause the slightest inconvenience to their lives, they are nowhere to be found. I see it in my fellow men who claim to be ‘feminists’, but when the ‘locker room talk’ starts they shut up and refuse to call it out, or try to downplay it as something other than what it is.
They pretend people aren’t already dying. That we aren’t already well past the first stages of genocide. That somehow, some way, everything is going to be alright and we can just ride it out. Well, maybe they can. Maybe their privilege will protect them. Or maybe it won’t.
In the meantime, a simple truth remains: