No Country for Social Justice Hipsters
Ever since the KONY 2012 thing went viral and set the internet ablaze (last night), folks have been dropping all types of thoughts on it. I’m not going to get into the depth of the arguments on their transparency and all that. Nor will I touch the “white savior” piece here. Those are for more informed folks to explore on other sites. I’m just here to talk about the people who’ve been talking about “Oh. That’s old news” about this AND any other issues like this that come up. It happened with the Troy Davis thing, and happens EVERY TIME something important happens.
You are not allowed to be a social justice hipster, talmbout “Oh you’re just finding out about *insert whatever issue here* now? I knew bout that conflict when it was underground.” Like this fool below:
LA DEE DAMB DA! Here’s a blue ribbon for you, now kindly shut the hell up. What’s the point? Letting folks know that you knew before everyone else does exactly what to help or fix the problem at hand? Yeah… nothing. What did you do with that knowledge? Not a gahtdamb thing. So what you NEED to do now is SHARRAP and let folks cook in their concern.
And these justice hipsters are also great for letting people know that since they weren’t aware of the issue before, why should they care now? Why would we NOT care about the death penalty or genocide or rape or any other terrible things that folks are doing to one another?
A lot of us live in a first world bubble, and world news is not our greatest concern, as selfish as that sounds. It’s true. We read TMZ more than BBC so oftentimes, we don’t know what’s going on elsewhere until it’s brought to our attention like this. But ignorance to problems doesn’t mean lack of empathy, and the assumption is insulting. It matters that we care. And we care RIGHT NOW.
Folks always gotta find ways to feel superior to others and currently, some are using this as that way. “Where were you 8 years ago when he…” WHERE WERE YOU TOO, MOFO??? What’s that gotta do with the price of tea in China?? Were you part of the army that tried to track him down? Did you help lawyers file Troy Davis’ appeal papers? NAWL so have a plethora of seats! \_ \_ \_ Give people more credit.
Knowing first means nothing if you didn’t act on your knowledge. But educating others on what you know can go a long way. Not just by making folks feel any less human because the information got to them later.
What I’m taking away from all of this is that I need to make a bigger effort to diversify my reading and get out this bubble I’m in. I should make BBC World one of my daily reads, instead of just Mashable. I need to pick up some more books and spend some days on the couch drinking in the words. And I should also pass on info I know via my Tumblr and Twitter and the rest.
In the meantime, I’ll do my part by kindly telling all social justice hipsters to go lay in the dark and be quiet. They need to go think of where to get their next huge glasses frames cuz I don’t have time. Go have an obscure seat. (-___-)
No County, Country or Continent for Social Justice Hipsters. Tell a friend to tell a friend.
Am I the only one irritated by these folks?