Someone explain this to me.
I’m serious, tell me. I want to know. Maybe I’m ignorant but I’m not trying to be. Educate me.
Why do people roll their eyes when a group that mostly does the oppressing defends themselves? As long as they acknowledge that the problem exists and then becomes an ally in that situation, why is that bad? Isn’t it human nature to defend yourself? Say you’re in a class full of straight people, except for one gay kid. Most of your classmates taunt the gay kid and call him homophobic slurs while the teacher isn’t around. You try to defend the kid, but hey, you’re one voice against many. The rest of the class ignores you and continues to pick on the gay kid. Eventually, the teacher gets word of the bullying, and proceeds to tell off the class. Passionately. Calling you all scumbags and pieces of trash for oppression this person. Except you stood up for the kid. You were his ally in this situation. You don’t want to be called scum or a piece of trash because quite frankly, you don’t deserve it. You were not a part of the problem. #NotAllClassmates. You say, “but I wasn’t part of it!” Then the teacher rolls her eyes at you, tells you to shut up, tells you it isn’t about you and the gay kid says that he doesn’t care about your straight hurt feelings anyway. No one likes to be bullied and belittled, especially for something that they didn’t do. Of course the gay kid will face WAY more oppression than the straight ally, but since when does that make bullying the straight kid for activities he declined to participate in okay? Since when does separating yourself from homophobic behavior become grounds for bullying? Some men are jerks, but not all men. I say that, and I’m a feminist. Some white people are bad, but not all whites. I say that, and I’m black. I don’t get putting people down for separating themselves from negative behavior and not wanting to be labeled as a shit person because of the actions of others. Maybe people on the majority don’t face oppression but they have feelings, and I really don’t know why we’re throwing that out the window because someone is straight/cis/male/white.
I don’t get it. Please explain it to me.