More Death Threats From TigerBeatdown
March 26, 2011
But what do you expect from an org that names itself “Tigerbeatdown”? Seriously. Abuse is in their DNA.
When orgs like TigerMeltdown recruit the angry and the irrational, the young and the naive, it can come back and bite them in the ass. As seen with their latest rounds of death threats. I suppose their heart is in the right place, but their minds… not so much. The fight for pro-choice and anti-racism is a worthy one. But this is not a fight for the emotionally unstable. Children who have been traumatized by a lifetime of abuse should spend their time in a therapist’s office, not on the frontlines of activism.
To be fair, there are extremists on both sides of the political spectrum. And when the economy goes sour, it seems to bring the worst out in everybody. But even so, such radicalism serves no purpose other than to further alienate the disenfranchised. And widen the divide between factions.
My borderline ex and I had many a heated debate over this topic. She had devoted her whole life to radical activism. But it was not out of any philanthropic impulse. It was because she was an angry teen, a rebel looking for a cause. An untreated borderline looking for a place to dump her toxic waste.
She had been victimized her whole life and now she wanted revenge. Activism made her feel empowered and morally superior. But she would not seek vengeance against the people who abused her. That would make too much sense. Instead she chose to lash out at the world around her. She was born with all the privileges afforded to a white college-educated woman in North America, and still she feels oppressed.
The truth is many activists are just like my ex. They harbor unresolved pain. So they take up the banner of the oppressed in order to legitimize their unbridled rage. They indulge in delusions of grandeur and illusions of oppression. In their minds, they are enlightened social warriors. But these troubled Don Quixotes are living a lie. Sheltered by tight-knit Tumblr communities, they have lost all perception of reality. In this virtual environment, any hope of self-awareness or trauma recovery is unlikely.
America isn’t prefect, but it’s pretty damn close. We have a long way to go as far as equality and discrimination, but I challenge you to find another place in the world that offers this much freedom and opportunity. Even for minorities. When I look at what is going on in the Middle East and North Africa, I thank Uncle Sam for providing me with what many in the world live without. But yet still the malcontents rage against the machine. We have become so privileged, we are literally looking for things to piss and moan about.
I’m all for social change, but a system has been set up where we can participate in government. Why try to burn that system to the ground? You say you don’t like the widening gap between the rich and the poor? Me neither. But this is the land of opportunity. Look at where Obama came from, and look at where he is now. He is affecting change from the inside-out. He’s making it happen by working with the system, not against it. He has changed many people’s perceptions about African-Americans without throwing a tantrum.
But when I look at these upstarts (on both sides) making bizarre accusations and sometimes death threats, I have to wonder what’s wrong with these people. These political orgs pose as advocacy groups. They bill themselves as safe-havens for the down and out. But these are not places where people get better. These places are not run by therapists. They are run by “professional” shitstarters, exploiters and opportunists.
People like Shady and Garland may have good intentions buried underneath all that teen angst, but they are doing more harm than good. Especially when they exploit the emotionally troubled for the sake of internet fame. To Garlands credit, he has admonished the unruly children for making death threats. I suppose he has moments of maturity. Most likely, he was just covering his own ass. But these kids need more than discipline from big brother, they need help.
I have spent some time scouring their blogs, looking for insight. And I see a lot of troubled souls. It is obvious that a large number of these TigerBeaters are survivors of sexual assault and emotional abuse. These so-called survivor advocates are surprisingly ignorant when it comes to their own condition. Perhaps, denial would be a better choice of words. So what is it they are advocating? Do they think political change will soothe a lifetime’s worth of psychological damage? Or do they create outward chaos to distract themselves from the chaos they feel inside?
It’s scary because these misguided souls look to Shady and Garland for guidance. It’s the blind leading the blind. These people aren’t fighting for social justice. That’s a hoax. They are fighting for the sake of fighting, conditioned and desensitized by years of abuse. They are fighting demons from their past on the political stage. But while attempting to affect social change, they have neglected their own personal change. Their trauma goes untreated. Their personality disorders unacknowledged. This is where the real injustice is happening.
Let’s leave the activism for people who are emotionally healthy. People who can put a good face onto activism. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- Save yourselves, before you try to save the World.