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Monday, February 18, 2013
Almost Done With The Latte-Sipping Activist Crowd
TransGriot Note: Guest Post from Indigo Sage Morada discussing her frustrations with activists in her area focused moreso on the illusion of inclusion and talk about checking their privilege than actually doing the hard work to make both happen.
am seriously wondering if I should even deal with the latte sipping
"activist" crowd. White, young adult LGBT activists in the Michigan
area are some of the most privileged and undercover bigoted people I
They sit there and preach about equality, checking
privilege and compassion, acceptance and open-mindedness. But their
personal lives are another matter. I've experienced intolerance,
bigotry, outright hostility and just douchy treatment from privileged
They are too busy going to their coffeeshops, drinking micro brews and congregating with clones of themselves to care.
Why was I often the only black person there? Why did black people who
went to groups felt unwelcome? Quite simply, the lot of them are too
absorbed in their hedonistic lives and pursuits to actually care. They
actively exclude people who are not like them.
concluded that people like me, who are truly diverse.....we are not
welcome in their communities. We are too different, too alien to them.
We are a constant reminder of their privilege, the suffering incurred by
us reminds them that the system they are part of does this to us, it
reminds them they they are involved and benefit from the system they
oppresses us all.
And instead of checking their privilege, they
just remove all sources of guilt and live in divine ignorance. They pat
themselves on the back and tell themselves they are not a part of the
problem. They hang in crowds of the same latte sipping clowns and tell
themselves they are pro diversity.
They are not. They are just as privileged as anyone else upper middle class, white and socially acceptable.
They just get a free pass because they are LGBT.
And I want nothing to do with them. They are a obstacle to equality. I am no one's token. Not anymore.