yes, yes, of course, there are issues completely deserving our time, attention, care, passion, concern, energies, tears, rage that instead disappear into Unrecorded Yesterday.
tragedies go unremembered by history all the time.
and yes, frequently, those hardships we disremember* correspond to cultural attitudes about what deserves outrage and what does not. who is worth a think-piece in the New York Times (“all the news that’s fit to print). who is worth 24-hour media coverage on cnn. who is worth reblogs & retweets & likes & favorites. it’s the little-white-girl-in-a-well-effect. we get this. we aint sleep.
media - tumblr included - is an arm of white supremacy & settler colonialism & anti-blackness & orientalism & anti-semitism & ableism & misogyny and will therefore report on stories in a way that reifies current power structures. no doubt.
we all have noted with WTF posts that mainstream media was late as fuck about Mike Brown. had twitter not lit a fire up under their asses, who would know his name? who would know his sweet face? his story?**
it’s not necessarily wrong to point out, Hm. This important issue isn’t getting traction. Get on it.
frequently as fuck, when someone makes a nobody-cares-about-this post, they do so to compare (whether or not they’re conscious of this) said issue with another (lol, usually BLACK issue, surprise surprise) that is, for whatever reason in that moment, getting more media traction.
straight up, i’m not one of those folks who dismisses all discussions of differing marginal realities as “oppression olympics.” i think there is a time and a place to bring up these things. the time and place is usually Right Now.
but ppl do this without the proper context to understand why something may getting widespread social media (and frequently social media only) attention & something else might not.
everyone knows mike brown & trayvon martin.
maybe a few more know vonderitt meyers.
(and forgive my lack of discussion of black girls & women rn; too triggering at this moment to even think their names)
but like, that’s 3 black boys/men out of how the fuck many?
people can instinctively understand how mike brown became a juggernaut in our social justice activism even tho lordy fuck we could come up with a long ass list of other black people murdered as a result of the state-sanctioned 400 year long genocide in this country & worldwide, while many other names are forgotten or never known.
but then they can’t apply that logic to nothing else?
sometimes there’s a reason to draw attention to the ways some people are getting forgot, usually because they’re being purposefully silenced.
black trans women getting left out of Black Lives Matter comes to mind.
but some of these things are not like the other. there’s a difference between widespread institutional silencing & your shit just aint picked up yet, and ima need folks to learn to recognize which is which.
i mean, i reblogged dress meme posts while my baby was getting a fucking spinal tap cuz doctors are tryna figure out why xe can’t breathe; xe might fucking have meningitis — and you gonna try to tell me how what i put on my tumblr necessarily & always correlates to what i care about? what’s most present in my mind?
i won’t go into the anti-blackness inherent in a lot of those guilt-tripping posts. anybody who tries to frame black hypervisibility as anything but another tool to remind the world we are not human…well, i’m just gonna remind y’all there are videos of tamir rice & eric garner & oscar grant.
a reminder: Black Tumblr is huge as fuck. That is not a problem. That we have a outlet for our traumas, that is not a problem, and that our issues have one social network where they can gain traction, that is not a problem.
also, check who you follow.
if your lying ass talking about, “why aint nobody postin on this” and my whole dash is full of it, i’m gonna assume you follow trash ass blogs. no wonder cuz you make trash ass posts.
* disremembered = disrupted remembering, having our memory of an event purposefully disrupted
** tho i will also point out: what did ferguson’s eventual meme like ascent into our cultural consciousness do for mike brown? he’s still dead. countless black ppl continue to be murdered by the state. no one will be held accountable. our hypervisibility as a ppl has never helped us.