1) People who plagiarize my tweets/essays for mainstream spaces, for which they are paid, for which I am usually unofficially blacklisted from or it’s a place that never publishes Black women. They could write their own. It’s possible.
2) People who plagiarize my essays and then regurgitate that content in long Tumblr threads so that they can look “insightful” with their contribution since tens to hundreds of thousands of people end up seeing those long threads. They could say, “as read on Gradient Lair” and then add their own views. It’s possible.
3) People who plagiarize my tweets while suggesting “it’s ‘just’ Twitter” or something similar, so they have a “right” to do so, but I have no right to respond. They could write their own tweets. It’s possible.
4) People who think somehow it’s not plagiarism if they use one of my Tweet Collections or Storify posts (for their own writing, and without citation) since they’re not in essay format. It is still plagiarism, especially since those Tweet Collections and Storify posts are usually quite long and flow like essays, in terms of context, even if not in terms of format. They could write their own. It’s possible.
5) People who suggest that I “inspired” a post of theirs, but then I read it and I am not named or cited but instead simply plagiarized. They could write their own posts or cite mine properly, according to my Content Use Policy. It’s possible.
6) People who reblog my posts (especially quotes where I add text below the quote) but erase my name in the Tumblr dashboard, as if all those in-text links that go back to other Gradient Lair essays wont look obvious.
And where does the “ignore plagiarism” demand come from? Well, of course other writers with more privilege, status and wealth; plagiarizers who think that Black women aren’t entitled to our own bodies and thoughts let alone our own writing; “allies” who are rewarded for theft; some purposely calloused White women/Black men who aren’t here for Black women as our own beings; entitled White men who love the concept of “property” (and the consistent theft and erasure that I experience is not just about “property”) as long as it is something they own or took, but deny me the same ownership; from other Black people who think that erasure is “flattery” because “at least” people found my writing “worthy” to steal yet strip me from, and these are sadly the kind of Black people who think that we should be “flattered” by cultural appropriation itself; anyone who thinks even a modicum of respect towards Black women is outrageous and feeding our “egos;” people who think erasure is “justice.”
Oh…and of course assholes who think that unless I keep a spreadsheet of every incident of plagiarism for them, post it daily for them, forward DMCA takedown claims that I file to them, and perform elaborate massive callouts where I am abused by institutionally and/or privilege-protected writers, then the plagiarism didn’t happen. Of course them too. The “you’re a liar unless you ‘prove’ it to me” type of assholes. The same ones who “didn’t see” whenever I do confront a plagiarist. Magically that falls off of their radar.
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