So a book full of cultural appropriation and racism got listed on the NYT YA Bestseller chart. Bloggers I follow expressed that YA authors should be speaking up against it - or against racist books in general.
I share the same views, but I can understand people not feeling safe to speak up for fear of targeting and harassment. Is it "cowardly" to NOT speak up?
I'm a signal-booster, rather than someone who speaks up. Perhaps because I've read a lot about amplifying marginalised voices instead on my own, so I RT other people instead of me talking.
Does this make me a "shitty, cowardly ally"? Maybe.
I'm against confrontation, and sometimes I self-care by being quiet. Maybe I need to stop caring about myself. Maybe I should open up more, whether that makes me a target for harassment or not.