Tokenism: “the practice of doing something (such as hiring a person who belongs to a minority group) only to prevent criticism and give the appearance that people are being treated fairly.” -Merriam Webster
This is why it’s important to “sometimes” listen to the opposite side of yours. I’m going to bring up the Rowling letter. If you are over it, please stop reading now…You can come back to it later, it’s a good thought, I promise!
I was just as frustrated as I think a lot of people over the letter. I only know of a couple of people on it anyway. Not one a deep thinker. The ones I do know, I’ve never watched them because of their deep thought either,lol
However, this is when sometimes listening to the other side sometimes comes in handy. There’s a women on Twitter, who I’m not sure where she actually stands with trans people. I try to read her twitter threads, try to figure it out. She made a really good point about the letter though, and I hope that the trans community take some comfort in what I’m about to write.
She called the letter purely Tokenism, where were all these people when Rowling was starting to get the threats made against her. Why did she even have to even get a letter out there in the first place? Which, as much as I hate it, she’s completely correct.
Which then brings me back too “Where’s my letter”?! However, I don’t need a letter. See, when you’ve got people who genuinely care about you, people who are truly on the same side as you, they defend you. You don’t need to ASK anyone to defend you. You don’t NEED to write a letter, you just do it. You just defend the people/communities you care about.
Neither you or I, will ever NEED a letter to say that threats against us is not okay, because we’re right there…We’ve got your backs!