Concern trolls exhaust me.
If you are unsure what a concern troll is, here’s a definition from Urban Dictionary:
“A person who posts on a blog thread, in the guise of “concern,” to disrupt dialogue or undermine morale by pointing out that posters and/or the site may be getting themselves in trouble, usually with an authority or power. They point out problems that don’t really exist. The intent is to derail, stifle, control, the dialogue. It is viewed as insincere and condescending.”
There are a few variations on that definition which you can read over here.
Concern trolls are legion. They express concern, they may have questions about something that has already been answered, or they want to know whether the writer has considered an alternate perspective.
Usually, their underlying motive is to disagree, derail, and argue. Because they start by expressing concern, they seem to think that people won’t realise what they’re really doing.
They’re wrong though because concern trolls are generally really obvious.
One wandered into my space yesterday on a meme related to ABA. This person asked about about the apparent silence from within the autistic community with regards to the validity of Facilitated Communication (FC). More specifically, they were concerned about “the abuse of disabled people by FC.” The autistic community has not been silent about FC. For other people who may have concerns about FC, please read this from Amy Sequenzia.
Of course, when I and another commenter countered her concerns, she attempted to play oppression olympics and claimed that it was “obvious” that we didn’t know what it was like to systematically manipulated and misinterpreted. She did of course because she was a member of “more than one minority” (she mentioned two). It went downhill from there, and she earned herself a ban.
She wasn’t the only concern troll who I’ve encountered this week. They’re everywhere. They concern about marriage equality. They concern about the way people of colour fight for their civil rights. They’re just so concerned.
Each encounter with a concern troll is exhausting. They aren’t genuinely concerned. They have already made their minds up, and nothing anyone writes will change their minds.
What is the point, concern trolls? What are you trying to achieve here? Do you think that by concerning all over people that we would be more inclined to listen to you? Do think that by concerning all over people that we will think that you have good intentions?
You’re wrong. You’re so obviously disingenuous. Your points, your questions, your have you considereds are all things that have been countered, answered and considered several times before.
So, to future concern trolls, I would like to say:
Go concern somewhere else. If you really have to be concerned, be concerned that I do not want you in my (virtual) home.
Really, just go away.