Our campaign against shaming and humiliating fat kids has now received media coverage in the US, Canada, England, and Ireland. As I do the interviews one question keeps catching me off-guard. Everyone keeps asking “This campaign is in Atlanta, Georgia and you live in Austin, Texas – why do you care?”
It never occurred to me to care WHERE the oppression was happening. And I’m not the only one, we got donations from all over the US, Canada, Ireland, England, Australia and Korea.
I think that the “why do you care if it’s not happening to you” question is indicative of the attitude that puts up fat kid shaming billboards to begin with. The idea apparently being that if you’re not being directly hurt, who cares who is?
I’m really glad that the reporters got me thinking about this – now that I have, I’m even more proud of us. We created a massive, multi-pronged, global response to a social injustice. In doing so we are sending a strong message that we are a global community, we are fed up, and we’re not going to take it anymore. Come after one of us – deal with all of us. That’s how change happens – each of us sure that all of us deserve better and ready to fight oppression wherever it happens and however we are able. If you’re messing with fatties anywhere, you better be ready to deal with fatties and our allies everywhere. It makes me really proud to be part of this community and it makes me confident that there will be real change in my lifetime. We rock, that’s all I have to say today. (Except for: Shout out to my new friends from the University of Florida, thanks for all of your fantastic questions tonight!)
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