Thank you so much. I’ve lost friends for stating sentiments like these, but the truth is the truth. There is no denying it. The bullying and outright harassment that infects so many social justice circles drove me out of activism entirely. There’s nothing quite like the sting of betrayal from our brothers and sisters-in-arms. I unsubscribed from every newsletter, deleted my accounts on every forum, and just fell silent every time the conversation turned toward heavy issues.
Stayed that way for years. Only recently have I made tiny forays into human rights again. I believe there is a thirst for justice in the heart of every person and eventually it can’t be denied. But I’ll never join an organization again. I’ll do what I can do as an individual and leave the rest to professional activists.
That sucks. It sucks that our communities are getting fragmented and chipped away like this. Some stick it out and some, like me, withdraw. I don’t have the strength to fight bigotry and my own comrades at the same time.