I like to think I am quite an aware person.
I often engage in debates online (regulars here will know this) surrounding current affairs. However one reason I try to keep my personal details as vague as possible in such realms is because I am sick of people associating stereotypes to me while arguing…
For example, I initially did not see a problem with letting people know that I was white, and was considered a “middle-class” individual. However as soon as people make these assumptions based on your social media profile and use it against you, there is no point in even continuing the conversation.
“what do you know, up in your ivory towers”
“what would a white person know about oppression”
“talk to me when you have nothing in your pocket”
Wtf? So I can only make a comment on an issue if I too am in a desperate situation myself? This logic makes absolutely no sense and it certainly isn’t healthy and does no one any favours.
Why cant I say something about poverty? Homelessness? Racism? I don’t understand how these issues are only applicable to some and not others. How is this healthy and how does this promote progress? Does it? I don’t think so.
Much like how we cant imagine what life must be like for those of you suffering greatly, you cannot imagine what life is like for us “in our (supposed) ivory towers”. Do you think issues such as addiction, abuse, the environment, health, oppression, etc. do not affect those who have a little bit more paper than you? That is simply ignorant and incorrect. Let the people speak, regardless of their background.