Links for us and comments are not about traffic. Links are what makes it known that you cant come to a certain place and degrade our lines. comments are the voices that let the trolls and the assholes know you will be reckoned with.
They are the things that keep us from disappearing in the night. You can't be bothered to be challenged or discuss or even say
We're here so you don't have to be alone in front of a motherfucking keyboard.
While debate dissecting our shit for your own self glorification
and you know this when you joke at calling people sluts. You know this when you sit and talka bout how much smarter you are than the discourse, you know this when you call us stupid, or misquote us , or mischaracterize us , or deliberately disrespect or requests for privacy and autonomy.
Use our names and bodies for press or conveniently rember how important it is to be one of us when you can get paid.
But it's not really powerful until then,
We can't organize till then
Our lives aren't worth it till then
YOU KNOW THIS
You know how little it takes to not feel alone or left out
You know how powerful a simple I'm here can be...
When Marisa commented on the recent Homeland Security tactic of intimidating this year's Cinco de Mayo gatherings, which led them to be cancelled, an anonymous commenter referenced the recent gestapo tactics (teargas and rubber bullets fired into) a crowd of marching Mexican Americans in LA (now being investigated by the FBI for use of excessive force):
Personally I wish it was real bullets and we can only hope our government ends this invasion with superior force ending it for good, helped by a huge strong wall at the border.
Do not think that is rare. Do not "Other" that commenter and say he is a sleazy, sick strange individual. Please believe me when I say I could fill this entire post with similar and even worse sentiments. From Left- and Right- wing typists. Just as Jensen said, when the typical invisible structures in place are violated by those who no longer wish to go along with them, the rhetoric gets very ugly, and will eventually turn to violence, when that rhetoric fails to dampen these "transgressions." Any "mainstream" blog you read that does not bear these vicious tirades simply keeps away from the controversy. The lack of the hate does not equal a lack of racist thought any more than a lack of lynchings in our society indicates the struggle for Civil Rights is over. And this is why we all need to be concerned with this.
...We, right now, are facing a struggle for HUMAN rights that could not be more obvious or pronounced. With each move the US Government makes against Mexican migrant workers—from jailing children in prison camps, to breaking up families that labor for America and pay taxes never retrieved, to allowing hatemongers to frame the mainstream debate, to bringing inappropriate, unwarranted violence on those exercising their First Amendment rights or those reporting on the demonstrations—the silence from the mainstream blogs becomes egregiously deafening. Do these blogs hide behind the pus-riddled logic that litters the threads like at Brad Blog's recent foray into this front? Do they tell themselves that REMEMBER, THESE ARE ALIENZZZZ? Or do events like this just not make a blip on their radar? Are they afraid of rousing the ire of their mainstream audiences? Which of these would be a more damning conclusion?
then read through some of the comments in each of those.
Yeah, i didn't talk about this shit right away either.
That's my hometown, you know, or near enough. "cops gone wild" isn't exactly a new theme. hasn't been for a long time. neither has ugly-ass race-baiting, both leading to, during, and after the fact.
What's newer to me is the "traitor" business (again, read those comments).
This shit may well just be getting warmed up.
And yeah, it matters, and yeah, it's more than blogwars, and yeah, freaking say something already, okay? -To- the bloggers in question, -at- their space, -put- the links. and no, you don't have to know exactly what to say, really. Here, I'll demonstrate:
"Goddam. This sucks. Scary shit."
See? -Brilliant-, right? What it -isn't-, though, is -total- silence. day late, dollar short, but um hello: this shit is important.
and there are worse things than -not looking good.-