“Black feminist politics is not simple identity politics. It is not about letting brothers handle the race stuff, or about letting white women dominate the gender stuff. The black woman’s fight is on all fronts. Sisters resist the ways that black male leaders try to silence women’s issues and squash female leadership. At the same time, black women challenge white women who want to claim black women’s allegiance without acknowledging the realities of racism. They will not be drawn into any simple allegiance that refuses to account for their full humanity and citizenship.”
I’ve had this bookmarked for a while, and I’ve pulled it out and dusted it off because I think the argument parallels to the Seal press debacle. There’s a whole lot of delicate flowers who really don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t like the way its being said. This is a bogus attempt to dodge culpability and admit wrongdoing and its a tale as old as time. I’m sure they’re familiar with it, since anti-feminists employ the same methods. You know the ones: “Well why do we have to talk about that when x is so much more important?” “Well maybe I would listen if you weren’t so angry.” “You’re attacking me!”
When you see posters running to tattle on angry black women who said things they didn’t like on a blog trying to discuss issues of racism in feminism–you know its bad.
Racism is ugly and the responses to it might not be the gumdrops and rainbows you want to hear, that doesn’t make the responses any less valid. Moreover, feelings of confusion and anger are normal if you have no idea that you’ve done something wrong–I’m not snarking that (though really, the wrong here is rather obvious and I am feeling snarky about it), I’m snarking the idea that the feelings of the people who are in the wrong trump those of the people who have been wronged. Where’s the safe space for women of color to vent without being called too angry and therefore not worth listening to?
They say genetic disorder, I say someone has harmed their delicate sensibilities.
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