I created this today, and put up on Pinterest. It’s a quote from Damian Barr that you have probably seen around a lot on social media these days, but I have not seen anyone give him credit. It begins, “We are not all in the same boat ~ we are in the same storm. …”
First, here’s mine:
But you’ve probably seen ones that look like this. A version of his quote, with no attribution to him as the author. So many. Here are a few:
It’s easy to pass on a cool quote, and that’s fine in some cases. But when a person has crafted a lifetime of words, and you see or hear something cool in it and change it a little to pass it off as your own, or to not “waste time” or “waste space” by adding a by-line ~ that’s absolutely not okay.
We need to give credit to artists.
Get inspired, and share ideas! That’s what Pinterest is all about. But also, take a second, google the quote, and see who said it or wrote it. Then give them credit.
I’m not perfect at this ~ in fact, I shared a version of this on Pinterest a while back. But I am working hard to improve. And, hilariously, I had to make myself remember to hunt down the links for the examples I gave above, so they get credit for their artwork. Humility 🙂
It’s especially egregious, though, when we in a traditionally power-holding demographic lift work without credit from someone in a traditionally reduced-power demographic. We can do better.
Ironic, isn’t it? A quote about social justice being used without attribution?
Now, for another viewpoint, which is fair: sometimes quotes are so generic, or become spoken so often that they become part of the general culture. This quote is not far from a Bible story, I think. Did this contribute to the casual repetition?
Or, maybe someone else will argue that Damian Barr wasn’t the first to say it, so it should actually be attributed to someone else!
What do you think?
Lisa Johnson, Yumbassador, Live Yummy