Using my privilege

The internet argument continues as to whether or not one has the right, as a librarian, to disagree with other librarians, particularly when those other librarians have been identified as “provocative”, “change agents”, or “thought leaders”.

I think we all get to disagree whenever we, y’know, disagree.  I also think that lots of us don’t have the space, voice, and shields necessary to disagree in public.  I think that many of the people who have the space, voice, and shields often use them as a bully pulpit to try to bend the masses to their will.  I think that librarians speak and listen to too much Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. I think that we all who choose to speak because we have no fear of reprisal should realize that to be able to do so is a privilege not shared by all. And that we should, then, use that privilege wisely, thoughtfully, and when we believe in what we’re saying.

I actually have a lot to say on this topic.

But I’m exhausted. I’m physically tired, mentally worn out, and I don’t have an argument in me today. Hostility is hard on the psyche.

So I’ll leave it at this:  Speak if you can, as your voice is often the only weapon you have against the things which you oppose.  Think before you speak, so you don’t have to explain yourself after the fact.  Choose your battles wisely, because if you speak loud and you speak against, you will find yourself attacked.  And stand by what you say, or, in the vernacular, “own your shit”, because backing down or hiding from the attack means you wasted your voice.

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