Hashtag Activism, Silencing, and Sacrificial Lambs of the New Media Movement

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  • Derek Snow

    There have been many points SP has made that I agree with. There are many that I do not. I believe there is still much need for social equality and reform. I started following Park shortly after #cancelcolbert. My initial reaction for her and what I’ve read about her and videos I’ve seen about her make her out to be a bit of a joke as a human being. I do agree with many points she makes, but in following her I’ve found more and more tweets that make her seem to be the spoiled child every calls her out to be.

    I was about to give up on her and then she read an article from what I believe was the New York Times. Less then an hour later she was starting #NetNonNuetral. I’ve been working in the IT field for the past 20 or so years, and to think that Suey Park could be the poster child to support of net neutrality horrified me. Thinking of her getting on Huff Post again CNN and any media and making herself look like a immature spoiled that doesn’t have a clue about what’s going on infuriated me. There was already the #netnuetrality that had existed for some time and there hare a few organizations out there that have been advocating to net neutrality for since Suey Park was in diapers. Within a few hours a friend of hers Dr Adrienne Koh had posted a blog net neutrality and it was clear from reading it that she had done no research on the subject other then what was in the NYT article. It soon became clear to me why she wasn’t pointed people to other organizations, she didn’t start them and there was no publicity change in it for her. I commented more then a few times wondering why she wasn’t pointing people in a direction that could do the most help. For that I was blocked by SP and AK for disagreeing with them. I never made an insult, I never made any kind of threat what so ever but because I raised my voice in disagreement I was silenced by one who champions “I will not be silenced”. This truly showed me the quality of character of SP and her cohorts. The hypocrisy she demonstrates is laughable.

    I’ve read articles from more then one person about how SP bullied them out of the social justice movement because they disagreed with her. Over all Park’s attitude is if you don’t agree with me you are out. And I will admit that I’ve learned a lot more about RacismSexism from taking an interest in SP it hasn’t come from her.

    Lets take a look at one of her most famous tweets. “Dumb Question Racism and Whiteness go together, only white people can be racist” SP has since deleted that tweet as she will often do but there are many people out there who screen grabbed it search on google you’ll find it. I’m not sure what the question was, but I’ve always believed the only dumb question is one that is not asked. She is also offending whomever who is trying to engage her for better or worse the person is at least making an attempt to understand her. However if you say anything she says is dumb you will be called out as an abelist. It honestly took me a while and effort to understand the idea of how only a white person could be racist. I get the concept I do no agree with it but I get it. Racism = Racial Prejudice + Power, if you don’t have power you can’t enforce racism on a systematic scale. That being said individual racism still goes both ways, and you can’t use that as a shield and think it’s ok to make racially offensive statements to white people. Apparently SP think you can. And she goes on time and time again attacking people for their privileged. Well coming from a Social Justice Warrior who thinks she should not be judged by her race, it’s extremely hypocritical. I had many conversations about with sometimes with complete stranger of all color over the next few days. In that time I’ve found 2 people who have heard of the idea and it was only from academia. If the vast majority of the people don’t understand a word in the way you use it, and no dictionary I could find supports racism is prejudice + power definition you make yourself look like a racist and you offend the majority of the country.

    I started thinking what give SP power and the answer became clear a few days ago. Just after I started following SP she had a breakup with someone and publicly tweeted about it. It seemed the person she was dating at the time did not defend something she said in public and that was a grace offense. To whomever it was I do not denounce you in the slightest SP forced you to take a side and that’s not cool. But less then a month later I see more tweets coming form her about yet another lover who had gravely wrong her. Two days after she was treating she found the best guy in the entire world. What had it done to wrong her so badly? He opted out of the relationship. That’s it he didn’t cheat on her he didn’t do anything wrong to her at all. But her in mind breaking up with her shattered her self confidence, and made doubt herself and her body. And Bam huge support for SP about how she had been so grievously hurt. Then I realized where SP gets her power from. She plays the victim. Let me quote Ofer Zur, Ph.D. “The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, neither responsible nor accountable, and forever entitled to sympathy.” She plays the victim and that allows her to exchange ideas and comments she would be outraged if someone were making towards her. Just the other day she claimed the White people have no right to have an opinion on what is the best Korean food in town. She has taken such an offensive stance to white people and general. She places blame on people with comments for things there ancestors did over a hundred years ago. Lets follow the logic Prejudice + Power (she gets from playing the victim) = Racism

    I’ve babled long enough. She Park may have good intentions for People of Color. BTW I’ve noticed if she a issue about Asians she is an Asian, if it’s a issue about black she’s a Woman of Color, she wants to be included with the black populace so she can attack white people without shouldering the burden of racism that black people do face. If I was Black I would be offended to think she speaks for me. I will never know truly what it’s like to be a black person in this country and neither will she.

    Ok lets try this again. She Park may have good intentions for People of Color, but she’s a hypocrite, a bully, she’s not in control of her own emotions and her logic makes no sense. She makes racial comments regularly. She may start Hashtags and discussions, but she hardly ever contributes to them. She comes across and stupid and easily distracted as we saw in her solon interview. She was just regurgitating jargon she heard from another source and got distracted by a bird and lost her train of though. She seriously lacks credibility and continuously makes an ass out of herself and when she does she discredits the what she claims to support. SP is an embarrassment to the social justice movement and she needs to go. She’s doing far more harm then good.

    • So, this piece isn’t about Suey Park. It’s about women of color. You can critique Suey elsewhere.

  • cstack

    the article was long and cumbersome but I’ll support anyone , everyone else hates just for speaking their mind . not meaning disrespect but you seem to support all women but do all women support you ? even if you say something rude I’ll still read your stuff …lol great job btw