I’ve kept quiet for a while about this, but if you’ve read my tags on a certain post you’ll know where this is heading.
It bothers me that people refuse to tag Ferguson stuff, even when specifically asked to. Seeing such violence against innocent people can be very upsetting, and some people come on tumblr to escape real world shit so it hurts them to be bombarded by it everywhere they turn. Your dash is your safe place and it really isn’t anyone’s business to dictate how you use tumblr or what kinds of posts you’re exposed to.
Another thing that I think is important to point out is that as much as this is a situation that needs to be talked about, it still remains an American situation. This is happening in America and ultimately they will have to deal with it. Yes, we stand in solidarity. Yes, as citizens of the world and members of the human race this injustice resonates with everyone. But the fact remains that there isn’t much a blogger from the other side of the world can do practically aside from maybe donating to support the people or something.
It’s this mentality with American bloggers assuming that their issues take precedence over everyone else’s and everyone must absolutely be involved and get outraged and honestly I don’t agree with it. They forget that not everyone on tumblr is American, and saying stuff like “no I won’t tag it because you can’t ignore this” or “anyone who doesn’t reblog Ferguson stuff is part of the problem” or “losing followers over Ferguson stuff just shows who the racists are” really doesn’t help. It creates this feeling like you’re under obligation to do something about it, even if realistically there is nothing you can do, and that only adds to people’s stress and anxiety.
At this point, I’m fairly certain everyone is aware of the situation. Even if they don’t blog about it they have definitely seen it on their dash, and it’s not like anyone is pretending there’s no problem. If someone asks you to tag something, there’s usually a reason behind it, and it’s not your place to assume what that reason is.