Ok, friendly reminder to end all friendly reminders, re: Ferguson and those “it’s okay not to reblog if it’s upsetting you” posts that suddenly started circulating like never before.
Fellow white people and I guess non-black people in general. Here are 2 options you have when dealing with Ferguson related news:
a) Stand with Ferguson, be vocal, join in in any way appropriate (reblogging, tweeting, financial contributions, idk there is a whole lot of options, you’ve seen the posts)
b) Step back and let people who chose option “a” speak (i.e. primarily black people). If you need to take care of your mental health or other affairs before anything else and prefer to remove yourself from the situation then DO THAT.
Do exactly that and nothing more. No posts about how it’s okay to not do this or that. Nobody is guilt-tripping you but if you are making posts about Ferguson then you are derailing the conversation and demanding that people who are currently being traumatized (black people, whether in Ferguson or elsewhere) start paying attention to you when they are dealing with this major threat to their very existence. You say you need to take care of your mental well-being. In that case do that by actually removing yourself from the discussion and not by drawing more attention to yourself. If you’re choosing to post about other current struggle elsewhere in the world don’t bring Ferguson into that either and focus on what you are doing. Don’t engage in Oppression Olympics and step out of the way of those who are trying to help Ferguson. They’re not your enemies, you are not being judged. They simply do not have time for you now.
another idea: have a setting that allows you to make your blog viewable to only followers. if a person isn’t signed in and following you, then they can’t see you on their dashboard and if they try to go to your url, it just throws the “there’s no blog here to see” screen