Welcome to the third post for our ongoing week long campaign #BloggersAgainstFascism! Click here to find out what all the fuss is about and join the Twitter discussion here. You can also view the second post here as well.
In this post the question I posed to the bloggers was this;
WHAT CAN WE ALL DO TO COMBAT FASCISM?
If you want to find out what they thought, read on!
STEPH OF THEZOMBIESAID:
By being kind and willing to listen, and being willing to stand up and fight for what’s right.
It’s easy for many of us to be led astray by the values and images that the media and politicians churn out day after day; not getting sucked in can, for a lot of people, be a conscious effort to read real, impartial news, to stay educated on real facts and stay above it all.
But if we all simply open our hearts to others and listen to what others’ are saying – others, who are actually directly affected by these issues, who have experienced these experiences first-hand, who know more about what they’re talking about than the politicians that claim to speak for them do – and keep an open mind, we can learn.
If we want to combat sexism, we have to be willing to listen to women. If we want to combat racism, we have to be willing to listen to people of all difference races. If we want to combat anything we need to be open to listening to those affected by it and the activists that fight against it, and to never simply take what is said by the media or by politicians at face value.
Speaking over people and drowning out lived experience because ‘but politicians have the country’s best interests at heart’ or ‘but I’ve never heard of that’ does literally no good and silences voices that need to be heard in order for things to get better.
Listening isn’t the end of it, though, because we have to also be willing to speak out ourselves once we’re that little bit more educated. You can listen to others until your ears bleed, but unless you take that information to heart and do something with it, then you aren’t really acting as a force for change. If you have a voice or you have a platform, then use it.
Challenge those in your social circles who hold fascist views or believe bile spewed by right-wing newspapers. Call out people when you see them behaving in an intolerant way. Use your social media platforms to spread information and help others to educate themselves. Join a political party or group to add numbers to back their cause (just look at the surge in Labour Party members who have signed up, myself included, specifically to send a message that we support Jeremy Corbyn and his socialist politics). Sign petitions, go to gatherings, write to your MPs to show that you’re unhappy with the system and that it needs to change.
Not everyone has to be a full-on placard holding activist marching outside of Parliament, but by staying silent in the face of injustice, intentionally or not you stand with the oppressors instead of the oppressed.
If you like what Steph wrote, check out her links & leave a comment for her below!
SIAN OF THE ENGLISH EVERY GIRL:
Many of these extremist/fascist groups also believe that violence is a just way of dealing with things; they believe there is such a thing as ‘a just war’. Since when has violence ever been the answer?
In terms of combating fascism, I don’t believe that we will ever be able to. I think it’s important to teach children from a young age that it is a good thing to be proud to be British but that this doesn’t overshadow their view of the world. No life is more important than another especially in terms of nationality, religion or race. I consider myself to be a very open-minded person and I believe that it is crucial to not cause hatred to someone just because they are not from your country or have an opposing view.
NICOLE OF THRIFTYVINTAGEFASHION:
If you like what Nicole wrote, check out her links & leave a comment for her below!
By challenging intolerance every day, we can show the world that however many heinous acts are committed in the name of Great Britain, there are still people willing to fight for justice and the tolerant, open country they remember so well.
Combatting fascism doesn’t mean you need to be part of a huge movement, although peaceful protests and marches are a great way to spread the word. In order to really see the end of fascism we need to begin combatting it on an individual basis.
Question your Grandparents usage of certain vernacular, explain why it’s no longer acceptable; challenge younger siblings echoing the xenophobic views we’ve heard all too recently of late; wear a safety pin on your clothing to show others that you will not tolerate racial, or any, discrimination; educate your friends on the ways in which they can help combat intolerance, point it out wherever you see it and refuse to accept it in any form.
Fascism is not a joke, it’s not some melodramatic tolling of the doomsday bell; it is here, and it is real. Historically, fascism poisons a culture slowly, it begins with seemingly harmless acts that slowly escalate until the pressure boils over. In order to stop the flow of fascism into our society, we need to combat it right now, in the early, uncertain stages when nobody really wants to make a fuss (especially the British). We need to make that fuss and we need to make it every single time we come up against fascism in our everyday lives.
Obviously, stay safe, if something looks dangerous track down the local bobby or request back up from fellow passers-by, but where you can stand up against the majority view, point out why it’s so very wrong, and educate people at every opportunity.
Education for me rally is the key, education must extend to politics in general; of which many people have no real knowledge and if you don’t know how a system works – how can you be expected to know when you’ve been played?
If you like what Hannah wrote, check out her links & leave a comment for her below!
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