Comic: Stop tagging your activist friends under bigoted posts on social media
These tag-ins feel disingenuous and performative.
by JeCorey Holder
Okay so just a quick thing: don’t take it personally when your Woke Fave™ ignores your “Hey Come Look At This Bigotry and React To It” tag on social media.
Or DO take it personally. I actually don’t care either way. I’m just trying to save folks some energy.
Can folks at least PAUSE and THINK before tagging progressive/feminist/activist “woke” faves into bigoted posts and comment sections? This behavior is especially offensive from so-called “allies” who have most likely been orbiting socially aware circles long enough to be fundamentally equipped to call people out themselves.
I know sometimes people mean well, but it is not our job to perform outrage when friends and followers command it. We are literally just regular-ass people. We have our own lives to live. And folks don’t know what condition we are in when we get those tag notifications. We don’t always have the energy to blast paragraphs of an absolute read at every single person folks encounter with a problematic opinion.
Clever and cutting as we may be, we are not doing this for your entertainment all the time. This isn’t always “fun” for us. This ain’t some Final Fantasy bullshit where we can be summoned into hostile territory to deal with someone who is often obviously a troll and their willfully vile following. These tag-ins feel disingenuous and performative.
We KNOW people are out here being loud and bigoted. That is not new OR surprising. So what makes folks think we are out here actively awaiting more proof?
Yes, a lot of progressive-minded people are brave enough to be outspoken. Many of us do what we do with finesse. But darling I will find my OWN battles, thank you very much.
This isn’t a game to us, and we are not your Pokémon… Wokémon?
BRB, jotting that one down.
Gamer, geek, and social activist. JeCorey Holder has been weaving tapestries of shade and fury since the early 2000’s. Pro-LGBTQ, pro-black, and pro intersectional feminism, he is full of feelings and opinions that try to call out and tear down the oppressive status quo.