We live in a society where empathy and compassion is limited for Black, Indigenous, and children of color and it is instead reserved to white children, who only have agency due to their white privilege, period.It’s hard not to look at the viral video of Keaton Jones, an elementary school boy, looking straight into the camera, completely distraught over the kids who bully him at school. In first watching the video, my initial instincts were those of pain and understanding, I too was a victim of bullying throughout grade school. Within days, Keaton’s video had gone viral — from celebrity invitations to a GoFundMe page that currently has over $56,000 in donations. Yes, it seemed that America’s compassion for Keaton was strong, but that’s just the way it seemed. It didn’t take long before the real story surfaced. A Facebook post, by Keaton’s mother, Kimberly Jones, showing family members posing with a confederate flag as she scathingly insults opposition — in short, supporting white supremacy as she bullied black people. The story of how the Jones family finessed the country began to unfold. But is it really finesse? Or another example of white supremacy supporting itself? You may just now be hearing about the story of Ashawnty Davis, a 10-year old black girl who was the victim of bullycide. But Ashawnty’s story came almost two weeks before the faux-bullying of Keaton Jones and a GoFundMe page set up by her family to cover funeral expenses, has exceeded its original goal of $10,000, but only after the wake of Keaton’s story. When you compare the coverage between Ashawnty and Keaton it reveals a lot: Ashawnty’s GoFundMe currently stands at $36,000 of its $10,000 goal, while Keaton stands at roughly over $56,000 of his $20,000 goal. On the surface it may seem as if this is only about money, but it’s far more than just about how many donations have been received — there were no celebrities pleading for justice, there were few funds raised, there was little coverage, and no viral video for the funeral of Ashawnty Davis. We live in a society where empathy and compassion is limited for Black, Indigenous, and children of color and it is instead reserved to white children, who only have agency due to their white privilege, period.
There are still people who believe that people who are truly mentally ill don’t talk publicly about it and this movie helps cement this damaging idea in their minds.[TW: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR INGRID GOES WEST & DISCUSSES SUICIDE] By Sarah Khan When I saw the advert for Ingrid Goes West and saw that it starred two of my personal favourite actresses working today—Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen—I was damned excited to watch it. I did so last weekend and though I went in with a decent idea of what to expect from the film, the irresponsible and problematic ending ruined the entire experience for me. Ingrid Goes West is the story of Ingrid Thorburn (Plaza), a 20-something woman who, since the death of her mother, has been developing unhealthy and one-sided obsessions with Instagram personalities. The movie opens with Ingrid spraying mace into the face of a bride, who happened to be someone Ingrid had been obsessively following on Instagram. The next few scenes show Ingrid in a mental health facility getting the help it’s obvious she needs and when she’s released (and regains possession of her iPhone), she returns home and falls back into her addiction to Instagram. In a magazine, she reads about Taylor Sloane (Olsen), an LA-based artist who documents her enviable life through Instagram. Ingrid begins to follow her and after one interaction with Taylor via Instagram comments, Ingrid takes the substantial amount of money she inherited after her mother’s death and moves west to Los Angeles. Once there, she spots Taylor at a local store and follows her home, then kidnaps her dog in order to meet Taylor and her husband, Ezra. Having successfully inserted herself into Taylor’s life with lies and manipulation, Ingrid’s new life is threatened by the arrival of Taylor’s brother, Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who eventually exposes Ingrid leading to her being shunned by her so-called friends on whom she spies through the house next door, which she used the last of her money to purchase.
TW- Discussions about suicide, depression and anxiety. “Nothing in my life has ever made me want to commit suicide more than people's reaction to my trying to commit suicide.” ― Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls There's advice out there
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