I haven't seen #Bao yet, but everything I've been reading about it is beautiful and amazing. I am elated to hear that a Chinese-Canadian woman was responsible for putting it all together.
But... I was horrified when I read about the reactions white people in cinema had to it. Total lack of understanding. Instead of empathising with challenges different cultures face, they laugh and have no interest in understanding at all.
Fuck white people. Ugh. #HotTake
@keiyakins @KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK The real issue in this is that there has been a great deal of stigma against people taking a stand when they absolutely ought to lately. The more we encourage people to shut up, the worse everything gets. People should be encouraged to take a stand, not demonised for it.
Society is better at oppressing than it is at self-regulating; as long as people are dying by the same mechanics that keep others alive, there will always be a need for dissent. And we must do our part to enshrine it, not villify it.
@keiyakins @KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK You enshrine it by encouraging people to speak out and seeking to understand why people riot in the first place. Also, you recognise that society doesn’t exist in a state of extremes; rioting—like anything else—is not black or white. Enabling protest and speaking out is not going to mean people will mindlessly riot. And some riots happening doesn’t mean that everything will melt down in riots, either.
@keiyakins @KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK Assuming everyone is going to act like little children is really demeaning, don’t you think? People generally riot when things have gotten so bad for them that they feel they have no other option. And the mechanics of society just make all of this worse.
Stigma is the wrong way to handle things. If society wants to stop rioting, they need to work harder at helping the marginalised. They—sadly—refuse to do this without pressure. Thus, disobedience.