As ironic as it would be to say that you shouldn’t argue about social issues, you should. And for most people this means hitting up a few arguments on Facebook or Twitter. But how do you fend off an argument that’s too much for your taste? Well, in this blog post we talk about how to handle being rudely interrupted by someone with an opinion who’s either not listening or refusing to make space for yours. Insufferable social media argument are like Someone says, “I don’t believe in the concept of white privilege.” Insufferable social media argument . This is a difficult one to dislodge. Many people don’t care about the subject at all, but some of us do.
Even if they’re wrong, they’re still entitled to their opinion. And when someone’s opinion is being challenged it’s only fair that they listen or at least allow you to make your case first. You respond, “So you’re saying that if someone’s white they are privileged? That would be racist.” Insufferable social media argument. Being called a racist doesn’t sit well with most people. Social media arguments can happen to the best of us. It’s easy to understand how these can be bothersome, especially if you feel like the other person is trying to put you down or make you feel bad about yourself. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s right.
1. Keep your opinions to yourself.
This is the one that gets me. Too often we’ll post something about how messed up a particular issue is, and someone will chime in with “I don’t believe in the concept of white privilege.” Another popular one is “Racism hasn’t really changed much since the 60s.” White privilege means if you’re white you have access to preferential treatment that people of color don’t. And racism has changed since the 60s. It’s not as acceptable in public because we’ve become more aware of it and those who use it to oppress people are called out for it much more than they were fifty years ago.
2. Respond politely.
If you see that it’s not worth arguing about, don’t argue. You can still do your part however, by being polite about it. If the person is not calling you names and is instead simply posting something to another page and you have the opportunity to respond, then respond in a polite manner that says what you need to say without being hostile. Here’s a good example of how this should look: “I understand that things haven’t changed much since the 60s, however I disagree with your statement.” That way they’re aware that they’re wrong but still maintain their dignity because they were nice about it.
3. Edit your tweet.
If the comments are not offensive and the person is being rude about it by posting it, block them. To block someone on Twitter all you need to do is click on their name and then click “Block” from the drop down box that appears. Block them from all social media sites because there’s no point in having a conversation with someone who doesn’t know how to say anything beyond, “I don’t believe in white privilege.” If they’re going to continue to be rude, avoid engaging with them at all costs or else you’ll end up resembling him or her. They’re not worth your time, energy or even anger.
4. Respond to the comment.
If someone writes something on your page, be respectful of their opinion and comments. Respond to it in a way that doesn’t resemble their tone or behavior. You can respond to the comment by saying, “It is important for people of all races/cultures/social classes/gender identities to learn about privilege.” Or you can simply ignore the post instead of starting an argument with someone who’s not worth it.
We all have our moments when it’s difficult to avoid engagement with certain people online because we’re simply frustrated or angry that they’re not taking any notice at all of what we say and how they react is making us livid.
5. Click on their name.
You are free to not engage with someone who is trying to start an argument or debate on a topic that you don’t feel like discussing or hearing about in the first place. You’re also entitled to say how you feel about it and how you wish they’d do the same. However it doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives such as blocking them from all sites rather than engaging them further and becoming rude in the process. If this person continues to voice his or her opinion, then ignore it at all costs and instead post something about something else if there’s room for more than one thing.