Alright, this is going to be a really unpopular thing to say but I think it's a bit screwy to judge people based on tweets that they've made over a year ago, hell, even a few months ago.
I've been online for a while and a blogger since I was 14. When I was young, I said some hella anti-black things. I even joked about being a member of the KKK. That was me over a decade ago and it doesn't contradict the anti-racist work that I do today.
6 years ago, I ran a really shitty Facebook group where trans women would be very vapid and mean to other trans women, especially if they didn't "pass". I was a bully and I was mean. I hurt people. I've since learned a lot about just how fucked up that is and I've changed.
I was an internet edgelord who said mean shit to people and did mean things, but I'm not who I was 10 years ago, 5 years ago or even 3 months ago. I don't think pretending that people don't change and don't learn is reasonable. I don't think it's fair.
I am really tired of a call out culture that is more invested in being the best person to drag someone for something they said 5 years ago so you can get the most retweets and reblogs. It's kinda sick, it's super performative and ignores that no one is born with pure politics.
I've had to learn so much to be the person I am today and it would really be shitty if someone thought something I did 6 years ago reflected my work or who I am today. It's not a reasonable position. It's not a realistic position.
Most of you will never know what it feels like to have everything you say and do scrutinized. You enjoy the freedom of never having the shitty stuff you said as a teenager, young adult or an uninformed person, used against you to the point where it devastates your entire career.
Enjoy that freedom and please try to be understanding.
My position is, largely, drag people for the shit they said today. If you see someone with a racist tweet from a year ago, see if their positions have changed. If their actions have changed. If how they see the world has changed.
Call out culture has made people slightly less willing to show how fucked up they are in public and I really don't think the answer is just to have these people not say it in public. I dunno.
Call people out, but I'm just really tired of seeing people act like some slick shit someone said years ago means they've got a vicious bias today.
Anyway sis, it's a rant, i'm sure ya'll hate it, but whatever.