If you don’t stand against oppression, you stand for it.

“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you see prejudice or discrimination happening and you make a decision to benefit from it anyway, you become the problem. If you assist the problem, you condone the injustice.

That’s how oppression happens in deep cycles. People cannot just feel neutral about an issue. They must stand firmly against it and be anti-prejudiced.

White privilege feeds on neutrality. White people shrug their shoulders, say “I’m not racist,” and continue benefiting from their privilege. So the cycle continues. The same applies to male privilege or any form of oppression and discrimination.

When you participate in your privilege, you become the problem.

Just an issue that’s been bothering me.

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Openly disliking a person should be socially acceptable

An authority figure in my life sucks. But it seems like because we’re babies celebrating mediocrity I have to accept his condescension and disrespect.

See, he is only subtly a bad person. He hasn’t killed anyone, hit anyone, admitted to his “off-the-record” comments, and he keeps his prejudices covert. Plenty of people are wronged by him but because it’s not overt they ignore the issue.

His character flaws: he is a liar, inconsistent, racist, manipulative, a hypocrite, and selfish. He is also arrogant and therefore unapologetic for these flaws.

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