@unsuspicious Dealing with hate online is the same dealing with hate in one's everyday life.

Either you give space for it to live, or you don't.

In the particular type of intolerance we see in most online spaces, it generally orignates in social groups that identify as white.

Ergo, white people are in the best position to stem the growth of hate, but usually choose not too for whatever reason.

Which enables said hate to continue.

@Are0h @unsuspicious "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."

white people who will denounce bigotry when they're preaching to the choir, but avert their gaze and stay quiet when bigotry happens in front of them. white people who are willing to let someone else take a beating instead of stepping in and stopping a fist from striking.

@modgethanc @unsuspicious And that is how racism, sexism, homophobia, etc remains as a mainstay in our communities.

That's how they win. People that profess themselves to be progressives generally do nothing at all.

@Are0h @unsuspicious yeah. when bigotry is only challenged by the targets of bigotry, nothing changes. bigotry can only be dismantled when everyone in the community stands together to reject it, regardless of if they are specifically being targeted.

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@modgethanc @Are0h @unsuspicious This is why racists get so stressed when nonblack people and especially white people challenge bigotry. Their whole schtick is to divide and conquer, and when people stop buying that bullshit their power is diminished.

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