…Okay I am all for seeing Dick Spenser get punched in the face, and I was having a good time with the whole Nazi Punching thing as a revolt against White Supremacy, but I’m starting to get spooked.
Not because I think Nazis should be respected or protected in any way (I don’t. Advocation of genocide should not be tolerated, period).
…But because Tumblr is starting to do that echo chamber thing where a certain idea becomes memetic and echoed, and anyone who voices a dissenting opinion is shot down.
Except the idea that’s memetic is a normalization of violence, and the idea that’s being shot down is a reluctance to punch people in the face.
And as a gay/queer man, the idea that this website can suddenly rally around the idea of normalizing violence terrifies me?
Like, I know they would do (and have done) the exact same thing. That there’s a narrative of self-defense. That they should be denied legitimacy and be prevented from ever gaining a foothold in politics.
And I know that there’s something deeply uplifting about seeing someone stand up against hate in such a visceral manner. That man who punched Dick Spenser in the face represents a tangible ally in uncertain, terrifying times. Not everyone has the privilege to protest peacefully, or have academic discussions. Sometimes your only means of fighting against an evil force are your fists. I get that.
The thing that spooks me is that Tumblr, a website known for holding some… lets say unhealthy viewpoints regarding social discourse, is taking the reasonable viewpoint of “stop Nazis because they’re evil” and RUNNING WITH IT.
And I’m kind of terrified as to where that’ll end up.
…So, um. To all of my Jewish, Muslim, POC, and LGBTQ followers. This blog is a safe space. I care about you and support you.
…But I’m not gonna reblog any more Nazi Punching.