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If you have to go out of your way to say "Not all [insert group of people here] are like this"...

...don't.

I get it. But if you're not going to speak up for yourself as part of the very group you're trying in vain to defend, do us all a favor and just shut up.

‪I normally wouldn’t share stuff like this, but I trust Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball; it’s one of the most accurate prediction teams out there.‬

‪Let’s keep hoping.

cnn.com/2018/07/24/politics/ho

@KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK

@keiyakins @KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK

I think I'll just leave this example here to help put the finishing touches on my point:

youtube.com/watch?v=MQyxG4vTyZ

@keiyakins @KyokiKafuka @Yuki_G_t9tK Those of us with a voice and the privilege to do so should do what they can to enshrine the needs of the marginalised, including their right to dissent.

@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.

@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 Society itself is fractured and broken in many ways. Thousands of people starve and/or die because of how society works; it clearly does not keep us all alive.

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 Society is the machine that is creating all the stigma in the first place. And nowhere in this post are people suggesting that riots should start at the drop of a hat. It’s suggesting that we need to stop stigmatising rioting and by proxy, speaking out.

@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.