This graphic always makes me feel conflicted.
I spend an awful lot of time railing against the shit that I hate, mostly because there’s just so much out there and, lately, it seems to be getting more and more enthusiastic. Alabama is trying to pass a law that allows minors to possess firearms. Indiana just passed a blatantly discriminatory “religious freedom” bill (do you even need a link for that?). All over the place, legislation is either being considered or passed that limits women’s rights, disrespects workers, and attacks teachers.
In the face of all of this, I feel it’s important to stand up and point out the vile and ugly. It’s also important to point out the people who are doing good in the world – the people who are arguing in court against the laws, the people who are holding politicians’ feet to the proverbial fire and insisting that they answer straightforward questions, the businesses (and, admittedly, religious groups) that are standing up and saying “no” to the ugly and hateful, and I do admit that these things are happening….
…but I feel that I am much more a stand-up-and-point-out kind of activist than I am a behind-the-scenes-supporter kind of activist. The way that I love the world – and the way I support those who are doing good – is by doing good myself. The way I love the world is by standing up and making noise, by using my voice and my education and my privilege to advocate for those who may not have them, and by bringing light and attention to the things that will do others harm. I get that a lot of people see my activism as bashing what I hate, but I need to spend my energy bringing awareness to the very real harm being done in our world.