I hesitated to post about today’s discussion topic as I guess I will get some heated comments back but I have never shied away from a good discussion so let’s delve into it.
What triggered today’s post was the death or rather ,the killing, of George Floyd and all the reactions this generated.
I don’t want to discuss here about the (completely messed up and unacceptable) behavior of many white christian supremacists about POC or other minorities but rather if you SHOULD speak up on your blog, on your facebook page, on Twitter etc when you have some “fame” or social media range even if your blog is “just” a book blog.
The answer many will give me is: “Of course you HAVE TO!”
But that’s not so easy I think….
I have always been an outspoken person and have always defended the bullied, the minorities etc. A huge part of my personality is that I can’t stand injustice. Nor do I think that any human being (be it president, pope, king….) is above another human being or worth more than another.
I spoke about the events in some extent on bookstagram, here last week promoting books that everyone should read to have eyes wide open and much more empathy and understanding towards other people who are different than their normality.
I have also seen people on social media becoming aggressive if other bloggers, bookstagrammers etc did not actively militate or speak about said events or just dare post their usual “fluffy” posts.
Sometimes they nearly bullied other bloggers to spread the words and shamed others if they didn’t do it.
That’s what I can’t stand.
I think if you bully others you are just that: a bully. And that’s not because you “defend” a “right” cause that you can act in such fashion.
I can already tell you that one of my family members thinks that “You can’t stay silent because that means that you are complicit”.
Whereas I think some people who are sincerely broken hearted by what’s happened just don’t dare speak up on social media.
Because social media are such a messy place sometimes that they fear their words will be misconstrued. Or because they don’t find the words easily to convey their thoughts with nuances. Or because they are lost, or…
And they should not be shunned for abstaining!
But then, if no one speak, things won’t change???
But do you really think no one will talk? Luckily human nature is diverse enough that for any shy or ill at ease people you have another one willing and ready to speak up to have things changing. See the same diversity that is so disparaged in skin color is the biggest asset of humanity!
The only message that will ring true is when said message is just waiting to “spill” from your mouth. Because it’s overflowing your thoughts and you just can’t stay silent. Not because you feel pressured to say something.
Another rightful consideration brought up by another family member (see we had a heated debate 😀 ) is that the ones who DO HAVE a DUTY to speak are politicians and people in power. They are expected to denounce such unacceptable acts. They are the ones who can ease or complicate the change of laws. They also inspire by their behavior and can “set the tone”, lead a change, make a better and fairer world… if they are willing to.
Now it’s your turn! What do you think about it? Please stay respectful in your comments even if passionate.
Thanks for reading