I want my friends to understand that being “sick of politics” is privilege in action. Your privilege allows you to live a non-political existence. Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide. You don’t want to get political, you don’t want to fight because your life and safety are not at stake.
It’s hard and exhausting to bring up issues of oppression (aka “get political”). The fighting is tiring. I get it. Self-care is essential. But if you find politics annoying and you just want everyone to be nice, please know that people are literally fighting for their lives and safety. You might not see it, but that’s what privilege does.Kristen Tea
Guilty as charged. :-(
4 responses to ““Sick of Politics” is privilege in action”
Pfftt… this is just more proof that utilizing privilege theory is only an excuse to try to make people guilty for living their own lives and having their own priorities in check, and it certainly doesn’t help anyone. If anything, it causes more harm by ridiculing those who aren’t affected, making it just more two sided nonsense that keyboard SJWs thrive right off. Not to mention when people post political posts, they could be sharing misinformation that people will blindly eat up, and it creates a toxic environment of political bias, name calling and grammatical errors up the ying yang. No wonder people are sick of it, so WHY ARE YOU ENCOURAGING PEOPLE TO DO SO?!
Lester, I recommend that you go back and reread. It’s not encouraging people to engage in politics. It’s explaining to those of us who might not want to see politics why others do engage.
Sure, some people mislead, some make grammatical errors. Others choose to type in ALL CAPS and use unorthodox punctuation. All of us see and write through our individual biases. Welcome to humanity.
You might be sick of politics, but please recognize that could be your privilege in action.
Thanks for dropping by. :-)
Thanks for proving nothing with your response. :) Guilt trip rhetoric like privilege theory is what’s tearing this country apart, and you’re failing to realize it. The reason why people are sick of politics is because they are constantly lied to by their media sources, they are not aware of it, and they spread it like wildfire expecting all of their peers and family to join in like braindead lemmings. And if not wanting to be involved with this crap is “privilege in action”, well, I’m ‘privileged’ to be smart enough not to believe in Kristen Tea’s totalitarian leftist schtick.
P.S. Everybody is involved in politics in some way. It’s mindless news consumption via social media and cable TV that screw the concept all up.
Lester, thanks for coming back and commenting again. :-)
I suspect in some ways we agree. I’m not a big fan of consuming news/politics in social media, at least, not the way that Facebook does it. I want to be able to choose mainstream, middle-of-the-spectrum news sources, not some wacko far-left or far-right incite-the-masses source. Judging by what my friends share, the mere fact that we went to high school together is not adequate to guarantee we have much else in common. ;-)
But it’s clear that we disagree in others. Kristen writes, “Your wealth, your race, your abilities or your gender allows you to live a life in which you likely will not be a target of bigotry, attacks, deportation, or genocide.” That describes me. Does it describe you? If so, like me, you’re privileged. That doesn’t mean we should feel guilty about it. But we should at least be aware of that privilege and work to understand the experience of those that don’t have it.