Here’s the story:
Samia was hacked off about something.
I know I recommended white science bloggers link to other bloggers in a show of link-lovin, but some of the stuff I see just seems tokenizing/LOOK AT ME I’M OPENMINDED! Ew. Fuck a bunch of wannabes.
This kinda got Isis hacked off.
What the fuck??? No, I mean seriously. What the fuck?…
…So what has you upset Samia? Is it a particular incident or the blogosphere in general. Either way, you’ve got to offer more guidance than today’s brief blog-lashing. You’ve established yourself as an advocate for diversity and as someone who is interested in educating allies. Surely, you can do better than “fuck a bunch of wannabes.”
Samia, in response, let us know she is not of the opinion that it is her personal responsibility to school white science bloggers.
I do my work in real life. Not only is this my prerogative, but it’s also much more effective than flinging poo across the internet. It’s also why I’ll frequently see something dumb online, vent and forget about it rather than make it my life’s work to fix everything everyone says. I’d be here for a while if I took on every potential project I see.
Soooo I can’t complain about something unless I also plan to offer some kind of training course for white people, and they’re allowed to demand it as rudely as they like because it’s my responsibility as an aaaadvocate to dig through all the screaming and appreciate their “valid points.” Got it. I like how my going about my business, chancing upon a dumb webpage, and quickly venting = “waiting for someone to screw up.” Nice one.
I love both Isis and Samia, but I am actually pretty sympathetic with Samia on this. I’ve had a lot of people tell me in the past that I am complaining in the “wrong” way or that I should not be complaining about something without simultaneously offering a solution or holding the hands of the white dudes and telling them how they ought to behave. Sometimes you just want to be angry. I think it is difficult for all of us – even those of us who are angry a good deal of the time – to get used to seeing that anger expressed publicly, just out there as pure anger, with no “redeeming” features attached to it.
Is the problem that Samia is being inconsistent – calling for support from majority bloggers but then criticizing them when they offer it? I am put in mind of this quote from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”:
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Mind you I’m not even saying she is being inconsistent. I’m just saying, if that were the case – so what? We all are at one time or another. It’s freakin’ hard work. It drains us. It also makes us sometimes have all sorts of crazy expectations and desires for our fellow travelers. You know, over there you expect your fellow blogger to be more specific and educate the white dudes, over here you desire your fellow blogger to stop oohing and ahing over those high-heeled tools of the patriarchy. We all gotta give a little. Me, personally, I’d like to see a lot more chicks in touch with their Inner Pissed-Off Woman, spouting off, making people uncomfortable. It’s good for all of us.