microaggressions and marginality

one thing I’ve been seeing more and more of in jumblr that worries me immensely is an unnecessarily harsh response to microaggressions made by marginalized goyim who are expressing their own experiences of trauma.

if Palestinian/black/Native/disabled/etc non-Jews perpetuate antisemitic myths, yes, we can and should correct them, but there is a monumental difference between saying “I understand the severity of this issue, but [this one detail is incorrect]” and for jumblr to, with no warning, take a post about other people’s experiences with genocide, expulsion, state-sanctioned murders, and pass it around for a chain of people to say “goyim are terrible, this is complete trash.” if it happens over and over, by all means make your own post educating people, and if it’s a huge problem in an individual post or from and individual person, that’s one thing. but lately people seem to be cherry-picking up a sentence or two and literally ignoring the trauma that is the focus of the post.

that is not okay. I don’t expect everyone to always have the patience and mental strength to patiently educate people, but there comes a point where we need to look within ourselves and acknowledge that we need to step away rather than leap into a conversation that just stirs up more and more misunderstandings, more and more frustration and anger that leads nowhere.

it’s not healthy. it’s not kind to others and it’s not kind to ourselves, and it’s not part of our tradition.

microaggression doesn’t mean “lesser form of oppression/marginalization” 

microaggressions can have the same psychological effect as macroaggressions (i.e. societal regulations/laws/customs in place causing the marginalized to have less social rights than others) 

neither is more or less harmful than one another, and all microaggressions trickle down from macroaggressions

macroaggression is just the large-scale form of microaggressions and they both feed into one another