joeclark asked:

ACT UP’s exact configuration of expert activists achieved unimaginable accomplishments and contributed to the preservation of millions of lives.Meanwhile, you believe, well after the fact, that ACT UPpers really should have stepped aside and let more-correct nonwhites take over.You have accomplished exactly what in your tiny life on this planet?

Wow. I absolutely do not diminish the amazing work that ACT UP leaders like Peter Staley, Larry Kramer and them accomplished. I recommended that film. Nowhere did I say that “nonwhites” are “more-correct,” or that ACT UPpers should have “stepped aside” (and I also pointed out ACT UP’s Keith Cylar, who was not in that film, but established Housing Works, an AIDS activist organization that remains a HUGE force in New York City, where I live). ACT UP was insanely powerful, enough so that I was wearing their t-shirts in the 1990s in my tiny little life in Wyoming. They reached pre-internet Wyoming, dude, that is a huge deal. They had great reach and changed the government’s stance and policy on AIDS, where shit politicians like Koch and Reagan and Bush Sr. refused. If you read my original post, I was simply perplexed that a film about AIDS culture in the ’90s could be so white when so many people afflicted with AIDS were and continue to be poor people of color—and sought to find out why. You should definitely read the article I linked to, which gave one or two answers to that question. Finally, activist organizations become stronger and more powerful when they are all-inclusive and intersectional because ideally, they can then address a broader spectrum of issues and be more effective for more people. It’s important to look at these issues “well after the fact” so that we can learn from them and be better. 

  1. mauvelipstick said: WHAT AN ASS. and what a fucking backwards comment. condescending fucking dudes talking to you like that makes me wanna start flamewars.
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