#RESIST has been a trending hashtag for quite awhile now - the movement is as old as civilization. So it won’t be fading. There is always something new to resist and each of these -isms, and injustices are not here for the short-term, so neither is the need nor the drive to #RESIST.
Pushing back against -isms and the movements around them require energy - both mind and body - and resources that may be beyond us, at times. Social media feeds and these groups on the street are filled with one or a few ideas of how to be this or how to do that. The choice is to join, resist the #RESISTance, feel confused or less than, or be identified as part of the problem.
Choosing to join is a noble thing, but if the reason is less than noble, then there the possibility of damage to the self or to the movement. It is important to listen and learn and go in with humility and an open mind if this is all new. This is where you might feel like resisting the movement - when you are told your ideas aren't enough or that you don’t understand - so be there to understand. But if the other ideas are too much for you, these ways of acting and being aren’t you and might lead to burn out or resentment.
Just as there are myriad ways in which oppression and injustice can act, there are many ways to push back.
It also takes a lot to listen to the pain and the trauma and to see the effects of it firsthand - even to experience the push back from the system that supports the inequality in all of it’s fullness up close. Be kind to yourself - that’s not the same as going easy; each person has a limit to what can be handled at any given moment.
Because these systems of oppression have been so entrenched for so long, what is needed is longevity to the movement. And that may mean stepping back for some, and finding ways to #RESIST that are attuned to each person and dependent on each person’s situation at a given time. That might mean providing support in other ways, even something as simple as voting for someone capable of listening and giving a voice in structural changes if you far away from the epicenter, or being a resource to those interested or affected. There is room behind the front lines for people, and there should be no shame in that.
If you get lost in #RESISTance, you lose yourself and those around you. Those people are your support systems. The front lines of the movement can not be that kind of support if they need support, too.