Social criticism is not cynicism but opposition to oppression

Kashmir woman doing graffitti (from Yasin Hassan)

Kashmiri right-wingers seldom hang around my wall; the wannabe Ayaan Hirsi Ali writer called me names & then split vituperating all the way against women who wear the veil. Even Indian nationalists have abandoned their siege of my posts since the trip to block hell is so swift.

Social critics are seen as cynics by those who support the status quo. But those who are oppressed or stand with the oppressed know the necessity of criticism. It’s not a one-up-man ship or superiority thing but a necessity for social change & solidarity.

Found this comment in a post about Kashmir from a-year-ago today. I’m honored the fellow tried to elevate me to the level of a stone pelter but I’m more a graffiti artist trying to build international solidarity with those fighting the historic battles against occupation & for self-determination:

“While i appreciate your support for our cause Mary but i am sorry your writing is also one sided & completely smacks of arrogance & hatred for establishments everywhere. I for sure am not sure what good have you done to this world other than standing on a pedestal & crying that every thing that this world is doing is wrong. Why dont you propose solutions Mary rather than throwing stones at whatever you see.”

End the occupation. Self-determination for Kashmir.

(Photo from Yasin Hassan)