tumblr is really america-centric when it comes to discussing social issues, which tends to lead to ppl feeling like america is this backwards land while europe and canada are perfect places filled with completely non-prejudiced people which is just like…. such bullshit
I’m the first to admit america is awful but PLEASE, let’s not pretend like it’s the only colonialist, racist, homophobic, sexist, etc country out there. I’m tired of seeing posts about how “I’m moving to canada” in response to discrimination in america as if canada isn’t violently oppressing indigenous ppl in their country. pls.
the west’s history of structural violence and genocide may be particularly obvious in america, but let’s not forget we all have a role in it. yes, america was built on slavery…. you know who else benefitted from slavery? the former british empire aka the ppl whose tea and accents and ‘total perfection’ anglophiles are currently squealing about. yes, america’s wealth is p. much a direct result of violent colonialism… you know who else benefitted from that? could it be canada? could it be spain? could it be france? could it be tons of countries in europe?? even *gasp* sweden has issues with racism and homophobia, regardless of how gr8 ikea is or how advanced that one tumblr post made you think they are.
I’m not trying to excuse the us because honestly our country fucking sucks, but I’m just saying, don’t excuse other places just because you don’t hear as much about their fucked up systems.