With all the events going on recently I think it’s time to post this image againbc i’m tired of this shit
Thanks, I really needed this today!
people who are hyperempathetic might not be participating in spreading protest news
people who are triggered by talk of police violence might not be participating in spreading protest news
people who follow the news on their own and use tumblr to unwind and stay sane might not be participating in spreading protest news
People who are already very stressed from other things going on in their lives that have got them to the point to burnout and/or a breakdown may not be participating.
People who have various mental illnesses that put them in the above category of “just trying to avoid a complete breakdown/burnout” may not be participating.
People who are participating may be doing so in other areas and you may not see that on their social media because they use that as a way to relax while also participating in other ways.
You don’t have a right to demand to know why a person isn’t participating in a specific way–at best you’ll be rude, at worst you’ll be demanding detailed information about trauma and/or medical history from total strangers.
…And, honestly? If your judgement of if somebody “cares” is based entirely on what you can see of them doing, I have to wonder if you even care or if you’re entirely performative–reblog things saying “I care!” but doing absolutely nothing else.
(This isn’t to say there aren’t people who literally can’t do more than that for a variety of reasons including some of the above and others–I mean specifically people who get offended when they can’t see what other people are doing, strikes me as a “if you’re not visually performing in a way I think is Right then it doesn’t count” which is very much something that purely performative people say.)
(Also this isn’t to knock people who just spread information–contrary to popular belief, that’s actually useful and is often one of the most accessible means of helping for people who have various reasons that prevent them from going out and protesting or organizing in person such as illness, injury, disability, mental health, living in an entirely different country, etc.)