Anonymous asked: why are you okay with some supporters and not okay with the others? you can't just pick and choose like that.
Au contraire, my little darling, I can do whatever I’d like. But I will provide you with a proper answer simply because there’s an important distinction that I feel needs to be addressed.
I have observed the tag for the past 6-7 months. I hated ALL the supporters indiscriminately at first and that’s because the tag was full of posts about how cute he is and how soft his hair must be, and how he must be innocent because duh everybody knows that cuties are incapable of crime.
As time went by and more evidence was released, I saw a shift in the tag. More supporters seemed willing to accept that it’s very possible that Jahar was involved in the bombing. Their stance changed from adamant belief in his innocence to a more neutral position. These supporters were open to logic, evidence, and deductive reasoning.
The supporters who I enjoy speaking to are the ones who can separate their feelings about his personal life from his later involvement in the Boston marathon bombings. It’s okay to find Jahar cute – you don’t need to think he is innocent to enjoy his humor or acknowledge the fact that he’s a handsome little boy.
In fact, tumblr is the best place to do this – there’s a lot of fun happening in the Jahar tag! It’s a safe community where you can joke around and try to critically examine what happened without people being up your ass about it. So these are the supporters that I like. The ones who I have watched develop their thinking over the past few months, and go from “he’s innocent” to “wait I really don’t know all the facts and I’d like to wait to hear more before I form my opinions”. And the ones who realize that they don’t need to be willfully ignorant to acknowledge the fact that Jahar was a cute, funny boy with a promising future.
The supporters that I’m not interested in are the ones who post or reblog fallacious arguments and manipulate evidence so that it aligns with their belief in his innocence. I don’t have time for that. Also these are the girls who flood my inbox with hateful, jealous garbage. I’m kind to people who are kind to me. Even if you DO think he is innocent, I have nothing against you. But I will dislike you the moment I see you evading logic for the sake of your argument.
Willful ignorance is not cute.