What’s the difference? Why do some people identify as one, all of them, or none of them?
Trump’s recent attack on the trans community has us all frustrated, hurt, and angry.
Let’s turn that into a productive mindset.
Today, we’re going to talk about the ways these labels differ, and how YOU can leave this post with a label or idea moving forward against 45’s presidency.
So, what’s the difference and why is this question important?
The answer is simple:
1. Intention vs. Impact
2. Individual vs. Group
Advocacy: (n) public support support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy.
Activism: (n) the policy of action of using vigorous campaigning to bring out political or social change.
Allyship: (n) the state or condition of being an ally : supportive association with another person or group
Interesting enough, as these words should be verbs, I’ve found the ways that these words have been used.
However, the difference seems to be the intensity and effect. Varying goals cause for varying titles, hence resulting in various results.
Allies: passive, less intense.
Advocates: still passive but with passion.
Activists: intense, passionate campaigners.
What’s really going on here?
Note: most non-profits are seen this way. Some of them have different intentions, and thus have varying impacts.
However, those boxes and labels are just that; boxes and lables. Those labels are what YOU make them to be.
In all three, it is not enough to be pro-cause, you must be anti-discrimination.
Allyship, Advocacy, and Activism are not nouns. They are mindsets, they are ways of life, and they are verbs.
True activism, advocacy, and allyship lie within the intentions of the beholder; and function as labels to describe work: not just support.
You must fight for your cause without relying on other’s work to validate your own. It won’t be the same way, sure, but that’s why we constantly learn, grow, and continue to check your privilege and educate yourself along the way.
You can be part of the problem, or be part of the change. But you can’t be part of the change if you’re not part of anything. Pick another label.
This is @socialjusticesolidarity, signing off~~~