A MUST READ on misdirecting blame

Posted on April 5, 2011


a must must must read on misdirecting blame:

I hope I don’t need to go into why blaming rape victims for their rapes is bad, but I will say this: the second you start disparagingly discussing the clothing choices of rape, assault, or harassment victims, you’re blaming the victim.  For what other reason is such a discussion necessary in such a context?  A person who commits a crime against another person is the only person at fault for committing said crime.  It is not the victim’s fault that they were victimized.  A rapist makes the decision to rape another person.  Clothing does not cause rape.  RAPISTS CAUSE RAPE…..

In blaming the individual for systemic issues over which they have little to no control, all of these practices and arguments inevitably lead to a failure to appropriately hold accountable the person or entity responsible for the injustice, which delays correcting the original problem.  Of course, to let individuals off the hook for their choices would be foolish.  But the line shouldn’t be so hard to see between victim-blaming and holding individuals responsible for their actions.  It’s as simple as considering how the power is dispersed in any given situation

This is seriously a brilliant post.  It talks about fat-shaming and poor-blaming and other things outside of sexual assault and rape. It all boils down to how people do not want to confront the reality of oppression and the fact that they are a part of it.  From my perspective and the fraction I know about how white privilege and systemic white supremacy function is partially because people want to believe they are good people…  They don’t want to be confronted with the idea (reality) that there is serious inequality going on, because then, in order to maintain their sense of themselves as a good person, they would have to do something about it. and all of that is terrifying. For different oppressed peoples it functions differently I feel, because for instance heterosexist people who think queers go to hell probably don’t feel bad about blatant oppression. But anyway, that is why in my personal opinion we need to infuse this shift to critical consciousness (or cultural revolution) with love and an understanding that to try and unlearn everything you have ever learned is hard for most people.  I have faith that people will start to wake up though. It can only happen with love. (in my opinion)

On a different note, One day, i want to see the grand canyon.