I've been meaning to post this for a while in honor of Black History month, but the various controversies on fedi over the past few weeks have forced me to delay so that I didn't do the whole "white person chimes in by stepping on the person of color talking."
So here's the deal. We've got to do better about being self-starters when it comes to decolonizing our minds, and not always asking the nearest POC. Tori Williams Douglas created White Homework just for that.
Just wanted to throw it out there for reference: I don't approve all follower requests. 90% of the time this is not personal, and really revolves around the fact that I don't know the people trying to follow me.
Sometimes I decline because I use the "follower's-only" mode to keep private things private, and I can't envision how the new follower would respond to some of the things I say.
I also prune my follower list from time to time as I get to know certain accounts. Again, not personal.
Meta, ingrained white supremacy on the fediverse
In February I linked to "White Homework" by Tori Williams Douglass, a resource created by a black woman for white people to "catch up" on the discussions of race so that they don't have to bother their black friends and neighbors with basic questions. The post got a fair amount of play, with 23 boosts. Around that time I also made a post talking about how all white people are indoctrinated with white supremacy from birth, and it's a lifetime effort to unlearn it and do better. I don't have it bookmarked but that one did significantly better (over 100 boosts I think) and still gets boosts and faves to this day. Many of my BIPOC friends have also taken the time to put resources out there to try and deal with the whiteness problem on the fediverse, and usually when they do they get a lot of faves and boosts for it.
White people really like to boost resources about racism on here.
Last week Mint was harassed off Mastodon after, for the umpteenth time, getting "well actuallyed" by a white user about racism. You can read about it here. The response of most users was to give him money, talk about "doing better" for a couple days, and then go back to business as usual.
Nothing has changed.
Despite how popular and well-loved Mint is, his departure has had no lasting change on how white people handle their shit on the fediverse that I can see. There's been no efforts to start "book clubs" to read through resources like White Homework and collaborate on doing the work of being better, or efforts to create ongoing financial support for black users, or efforts to de-platform the instances that harbor the users who frequently act passively-aggressively towards BIPOC users, or, or, or-
I see the handful of you working hard to decolonize... But I also see how many of you treat BIPOC users with disdain, or impose demands on them to CW their lives, or fight them on very basic ideas regarding race and racism.
I see the European users who treat white supremacy like a USian problem, instead of confronting the fact that USians learned white supremacy from their European mothers and fathers. I see in you the same racism that I see in my nice, polite Midwestern community, who will gladly pay $1000 to put up a sign that says "Racism: Not In Our Town," but still harasses and incarcerates black people at a significantly higher rate than white people. I see the same racism in you that I see in our police chief, who shows up to a BLM protest "in solidarity," and then releases a video on Facebook about how he's married to a black woman, and how our community doesn't have the same racism problems as the people "in the big cities."
I see you. And God knows the BIPOC users of the fediverse see you too.
When I joined Mastodon, the fediverse was smaller and individual voices carried more weight. You could speak out on something and see an immediate effect on the whole network. Some truly incredible things happened in those early days. It was far from perfect, but we seemed to be able to move with a common purpose to make things better. I still look back on the mass de-platforming of Gab with pride, because it was an important fight that likely saved lives.
Clearly we're capable of making large-scale changes around here, when we want to... But it seems we just don't want to when it comes to white supremacy. This problem has been around since I first joined, and it's only gotten worse.
The only reason I haven't deleted my account at this point is because there's a handful of people on here that I want to keep in contact with that aren't anywhere else. Everyone that said they'd keep in touch when I left Facebook hasn't, and I suspect the same thing would happen if I left the fediverse.
But I no longer trust the people on fedi like I used to. This place has gotten just as bad as all the old places, and probably worse in some respects. The people I know now are as big as I expect my circle to get, and I'll probably be posting pretty infrequently moving forward, as I'm spending more of my time talking with friends directly.
If you want to keep in touch in a more one-on-one fashion, let me know. Otherwise expect to see far less of me on here.
For those that don't know, in WoW, and thus almost every MMO since 2004, there was a "talent" system where you unlocked various Stat buffs and abilities, and they were mutually exclusive to each other (I.e. If you specialize as a fire mage you can't also specialize as an ice mage).
The problem was this just ended up being a layer of obfuscation, as it's very difficult to give mathematically equal talents that also feel different from each other. So what ended up happening was the hardcore players would figure out the "best" talents to pick and you either picked them or got yelled at.
It's nice in FF14 that I can just pick a Job that sounds fun and learn how to play it, without having to wonder if I'm screwing myself by unknowingly picking suboptimal talents.
Hey, the Shadowrun Collection is free on Epic Store this week and you really shouldn't sleep on it. If you miss the feeling of Bioware games with narrative choices, these games are a pretty good approximation, particularly Dragonfall. Nowhere near as epic in scope as, say, Mass Effect, but they're very solid rpg experiences.
Uspol, Non-US attitudes, very salty
To non-USians: if you're rubbing your hands with glee right now over our environmental disasters and the prospect of our Democracy dying after this next election, you're out of the movement. Please turn in your Leftist card at the front.
Your lack of Solidarity with the marginalized people who have/will suffer and die because of Fascism is not schadenfreude, it's just you being Nationalistic. The one thing that's older than colonialism that all white people have in common is hatred for other white people, particularly those on the other side of their made-up National boundaries.
You say you're being anti-capitalist, but the people suffering over here are poor, BIPOC, and disabled. Ain't no rich people suffering in the US right now.
We're being drowned in a bath tub and you're laughing about it. So fuck you. You don't get to call yourself a leftist while you delight in the suffering of the oppressed.
Now that I have a decently leveled tank I'm going back and unlocking a lot of the optional dungeons I missed. The last time I tried doing this I had wait times of up to an hour as DPS. Even as a tank I still had to wait 15 minutes to que for one last night, but that's fine because I'm still working on Yokai weapons anyway.
One time I was going to make a joke that went something like: "Gonna preemptively inoculate myself to the meta discourse by posting all the topics ahead of time, starting with: #1 Feet."
But before I could post the joke feet discourse actually started and at that point I realized the fediverse is beyond parody.
This is, verbatim, actual dialogue from a real Sonic game.
I think I still enjoy DPS the most of all the roles, but I'm really glad I'm playing them all finally because it's giving me waaayyyy more situational awareness. #ffxiv
Ngl, getting commendations as a tank feels really good. #ffxiv
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