… sneak a piece of cheese from my partner’s plate. (If I didn’t order it, I’m still vegan, right?) I understand the urge to say something, especially when people are reminding you that to be silent is to be complicit. But the problem with performative allyship is not that it in itself damages, but that it excuses. It excuses privileged people from making the personal sacrifices necessary to touch the depth of the systemic issues it claims to address. If you hashtagged #sayhisname, you’ve done your bit, right? You’ve publicly declared you stand against racism and therefore can check that off your to-do list. Wrong.
Spot on. Social media, though a powerful platform for discussion, has given people the easy way out. Hashtags are ephemeral because their original purpose is to spread ideas or trends, but not proactively solve or deep dive on systemic issues. Trending ideas imply scale but not necessarily impact. In the same vein, collective voice is louder but not necessarily stronger.