Ready for my hot take for the day? Here it is.
When I wear my nerdy t-shirts – Crit Role shirts, shirts that reference superheroes, or books – I accept that that means that people who see me (who get it) are going to recognise my nerdery. I am affiliating myself with a particular community.
When I wear my rainbow D&D emblem shirt, I recognise that that’s not just saying “is nerd” but is also saying “is LGBTQ supporting nerd”.
If I wore a Zoo shirt (I don’t have one, but stay with me) I would accept that people who saw me in it would recognise that, at the very least, I am supportive of the Zoo and the work it does.
If I wore my South African rugby shirt, I would accept that people who saw me in it would assume I am a SA rugby supporter.
When I put these things on my body, I am saying something about my identity. I play D&D. I affiliate myself with lgbtq rights. I am a conservationist. I am South African.
So, don’t tell me that someone wearing a MAGA hat doesn’t know what that means. It is very, very clear by now that that hat is affiliated with a very specific worldview – a worldview built on xenophobia, racism, conservative gender roles, and, yes, white supremacy. You cannot put that hat on, and then complain that people assume you are a racist.
You are making a conscious choice to identify yourself with that movement. Accept the consequences.