[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]
So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.
I’ve posted about this before.
Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:
And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:
Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.
And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.
The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.
This is really upsetting to me. This is a blogger who I have been following for a while whose main purpose is simply showcasing the existence of people of color within art and written history from medieval Europe, challenging the whitewashed history in movies and in academia that the only people in Europe at that time were white. I knew that they had been getting a lot of messed up harassment on the internet, but I didn’t know how bad it had gotten. Apparently challenging the idea of a white supremacist history (with facts and photos) as a person of color is enough to trigger extreme violence.
I would love to say that this is far away from me, but I see this happen all of the time on smaller levels around me. White people want to have people of color in their photographs, but we don’t really want to have our ideas, histories, and philosophies challenged, and we definitely do not want to be called out on our shit.
I keep seeing communities, feminists, the queer community, the trans community, leave out the folks within our community who are most likely to experience violence. In fact we often enact this violence ourselves… it’s shameful.
This makes me wonder, how can we show up and support folks better, how can we as a community get together to provide assistance through shit like this??