I went through some of your communism tag, and it is extremely relatable. It is a subject that makes me emotional almost every time that i read about it or think about it for a while and seeing ppl think it's cute or a funny meme or smth makes me wanna vomit and cry. I'm Latvian, so I take these kinds of things almost personally and I can't help it. Thank you for spreading awerness and spilling truth about this, I really appreciate it.
Given the fact that tumblr is extremely communist-friendly site, I sometimes feel like I’m talking to a wall.
But other times, when non-Baltics on tumblr say “You’re making us uncomfortable.” or “You should keep quiet about it.” when I post about communist crimes committed against citizens of Baltic States, I feel like I’m doing the right thing.
They have no right to say so - this is our history, our countries’ past and no one can erase the truth.
The people who tell us such things have never been in our shoes - the kids in Baltic States learn about genocide of their ethnicity when they are barely in double digits at latest, often earlier.
People who tell us “It wasn’t that bad!” have never looked into eyes of a person who went to hell (Siberian labour camp) and back.
People who tell us “It wasn’t real communism!!” have never heard the fear in their parents voice as they tell about the suitcase under the bed, just in case, should they be deported to Siberia.
You have every right to take this personally - this is your country’s history, your legacy.
As far as I see it - we the younger generation have to uphold the truth, demand justice for our ancestors, because if we won’t, who will?