Wooo, I like this.
and as somebody who organizes around digital justice—I think this needs to be nuanced just a tad. there actually *ARE* people who are “voiceless” in every sense of the word IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE. so—they can talk with their friends, but having access to digital technology to spread messages or interrupt narratives? they have *nothing*. or having access to low-tech methodologies of communication (like creating zines or posters, etc) is next to impossible because of the time needed to invest in that sort of communication. so—this point is right on in a lot of senses, but it also invisibilizes a lot of the very real structural violence and injustice that has taken place within a communicaiton framework to *deliberately make people silent*.
but also—that voice of the voiceless crap is often just another way for people to by-pass the hard work of organizing and instead look fabulous giving powerful speeches. because why doesn’t anybody ever think—well, we could use this “privilege” we have to oh, i don’t know—*help create an infrastructure so that the “voiceless” have access to communication*???? they’re ALWAYS like, no i’m going to use my “privilege” to create the best speech *EVA!*
In social justice, there’s this absurd meme (that I’ve been guilty of myself) is that we are the “voice for the voiceless,” but that’s not right. The oppressed are not voiceless – they’re just not being listened to.