“You know it’s bad when you fear opening your inboxes and mentions because there’s always a threat or hateful insulting message to be found. Or when you’re afraid to post things because you know it’ll end up in someone’s article, without proper citation. Being a vocal ‘non-respectable’ woman of color online comes with constant exploitation by way of content-mining and plagiarism, abuse, threats and harassment. And it’s worse if you vocally identify as a black woman. It makes you a target for non-black people of color and whites alike.
The same mechanisms that leave us unprotected and unnamed when speaking of violence in the flesh, also leave us as open to targets online. The same biases that tell people you deserve abuse in the flesh, pummel you online. And every time an article is written on online abuse, it’s white-centered, when white women experience the least of it. Online is just another realm of typical oppression and erasure. I probably consider quitting every day. But then I remember the wonderful community we’ve built and the people who need the affirmation I needed, and I stay. I don’t know how long I will be able to endure it, though.”