When I write about 2013 being a year of White supremacy and racism, I don’t mean to imply that these are “new” things that happened in feminist space and politics. An adequate look at the history of mainstream feminism, even a quick a look at it reveals that 2013 was simply like any other year. With a small caveat. Social media itself, while has not permanently changed any hierarchies that support imperialist White supremacist capitalist cisheteropatriarchy nor has it even altered much of the mainstream media landscape of reinforcing White supremacy and Whiteness as the hegemonic narrative, it has disrupted the expected—the required—silence that Whites are used to. And they call this disruption “bullying.” You see, the oppressed “bully” their oppressors when they won’t rationalize the abuse as deserved.
This doesn’t mean that good things have not happened. I outlined some of the good things and good people in my Top 20 People On Twitter and Top 25 Tumblr Blogs In 2013. Plenty of Black women and other people do the work everyday of deconstructing, educating (when they choose, not on demand), resistance (knowing—the sheer knowing that the hegemonic lies that seek to erase us are in fact lies and oppression to be challenged—is power), organizing, writing, and so much more. But I am not writing about that right now. I am instead referring to the re-emerging patterns and stances that White supremacy creates in feminist politics. As the mainstream moves through space with one of the most notorious theories of White supremacy—that their actions are not harmful, are just “misunderstood,” are not connected to racism, White privilege and White supremacy, are “isolated” incidents, and are only relative to individuals not institutional or systemic racism—I instead prefer to examine the receipts.
As Black women are being called “bullies” for breathing and not applauding the daily attacks on our feminist politics and often our humanity, instead the actual abuse comes from the ones with structural power (White supremacy, White privilege), platform (major media space and publishing space to shape not just perception of us but of feminism itself, versus most women of colour on free platform small blogs that are plagiarized yet ignored as a voice), and racism (how they can claim “White damsel in distress” [though they claim to hate patriarchy, they will gladly use this stereotype in defense] anytime a woman of colour, especially a Black woman rejects their bigotry) in their favor. To be clear, even the White feminists who claim to resent the White feminists in the mainstream who regularly harm can still be abusive and oppressive themselves. I articulated such in my first essay of 2014: 10 Ways That White Feminist and White Anti-Racism Allies Are Abusive To Me In Social Media and in an even more recent essay I Will Not Tolerate Whites REGULARLY Making FALSE Claims About Me Being Bigoted.
Below is some of my writing (essays first, then tweet + text posts, then quotes from other writers’ plus my commentary) covering some of the issues of the oppression that is White supremacy and its impact on feminist politics in 2013.
- Anti-Blackness And Accusations Of Bigotry
- Ani DiFranco’s Offensive Stunt Bores Me
- Requiring Accountability For Racism and White Supremacy Is Not “Bashing” White Feminists
- 10 Questions To Consider Before Taking Someone’s Dismissal of Women of Colour’s Feminism To Heart
- the age of social media, the oppressed and resistance [X]
- the myth that Black women’s self-hatred is “introspection [X]
- daniellemertina on Black women, marriage and feminism [X]
- Intersectionality Isn’t A “Meme”
- Nice Guys™ and Feminism
- What The Hell Is A “Tumblr Feminist?”
- On The Goddamn Lily Allen Video and The DEMAND For An Opinion On It
- The Large Space That White Supremacy Occupies In Conversations About Sexuality
- Mikki Kendall on feminism and intersectionality [X]
- On Feminist “Branding” and Consumption
- Continuing The Conversation About Girls on HBO Celebrating Columbus Day…
- I Am Not Your Armor: On People Who Look For An Angry Black Woman™ For Hire
- The Impact Of White Privilege On Womanism
- GIRLS on HBO celebrating Columbus Day [X]
- White women and interruption/attempts to dominate Black women’s conversations [X]
- White women who applaud themselves once they decide to recognize Black women’s humanity [X]
- origins of key Black feminist/womanist terms [X]
- Carolyn Edgar on racism and a White woman’s exploitation of Oprah’s body [X]
- blackfoxx on Russell Brand, White supremacy and leading “movements” [X]
- Lutze B. on race, misogynoir and the word “slut” [X]
- Sydette Harry on mainstream feminism and “branding” [X]
- The Idea of Feminism Isn’t The Problem; The Current Manifestation Of “Mainstream Feminism” Is
- I Don’t Want Tim Wise As An Ally. No Thanks.
- Misogyny, In General vs. Anti-Black Misogyny (Misogynoir), Specifically
- White Women’s Clueless and Callous Responses To My Experiences Dealing With Street Harassment
- How Stereotypes Of Black Women Impact Interracial Friendships With White Women
- Conversations Among Black Women About Black Womanhood Do Not Require White “Allies”
- Black women called “racist” by White women who do not Black women to talk to other Black women [X]
- Mikki Kendall on mainstream feminism and “branding” [X]
- @femme_esq on “Mrs. White Feminism” [X]
- Patriarchal and White Supremacist Feminist Binaries That Oppress Black Women
- How To Appropriately Engage With Blogs That Have Anti-Oppression Related Content
- How EVERYONE Works Together To Silence Women of Colour’s Critiques of Mainstream Feminism
- On Hugo Schwyzer, White Supremacist Mainstream Feminism and Its Abuse of Women of Colour
- Agnostic Atheist, But Not Interested In White Supremacist Atheism
- My Response To 2 Comments On My Essay Where I Reject White Supremacist Atheism
- Exploitation of Black Women’s Labor…In The Name of Feminism or Justice? Please.
- cultural appropriation within feminism/progressivism, racism and President Obama [X]
- Whites’ Eat, Pray, Love syndrome [X]
- Jacqui Germain on the racial fissures in feminism [X]
- Feminisms; Plural…
- Miley Cyrus Is Flattered When She Is Critiqued For White Appropriation/Consumption of Black Culture
- White feminists who think using the word “nigger” is okay [X]
- Feminism Is Already Valid; It Doesn’t Need Celebrity Approval
- White Women Who Seek To Dominate Black Women’s Spaces and Discourse Are Not There To “Learn” Anything
- Why The Rape Joke Conversation Remains A White Conversation
- Examining The Claim of White Women’s Oppression By Black Men With “First” Or “More” Rights
- Race and The Attention Wars Amidst Feminist Discourse
- What’s Really Going On With White Feminists’ Critiques of Beyoncé?
- I Don’t Want To Have To Deal With Racism In Order To Support LGBTQ White People
- The Predictable Cycle of White Liberal “Humor” At Black Women’s Expense
- T.F. Charlton on White feminists’ complicity in racist/misogynoiristic jokes against Black women [X]
- Jessica Luther on White feminists’ lack of response/oppressive response to the misogynoir against Quvenzhané Wallis [X]
- Black Women Do Not Have To Reject Any Mention Of Beauty To Be Womanist/Feminist
- I Don’t Like The Word “Unfeminist”
- Black Women Are Not Just White Women’s “Allies” In Feminism
- I Don’t Have To Like What White Women Like: Pop Culture and Feminism
- Black Women and Twerking: Why Its Creators Face Bigotry That Miley Cyrus Never Will
- I Am STILL HERE For Feminism
- #WhiteHistoryClasses, Race, Satire and Social Media
- So Lena Dunham Is Your Pathway To Feminism? Ha.
- The Academe Was My Introduction To White Supremacist Feminism
- White Feminists Who Think Of Michelle Obama’s Identity As An Assault On Their Own Identities
- The “Othering” Of Evil
Let me address some really bland criticisms that are going to come: 1) Rejecting White supremacy from White people is NOT me “bullying” White people or the phony construction of “reverse racism.” Refusing to be silent about oppression is not me being “divisive” in feminism. 2) No, addressing issues like these is not the “only” thing that I write/post about with over 3,100 posts on Gradient Lair as of this posting. 3) No, Black people—including womanists/Black feminists—do not have to respond OR have to be silent on the command of others in regards to these issues. 4) No, I do not only “respond” to White supremacy. Much of my blog—like many Black women’s blogs—is proactively setting the tone and creating scholarship on feminism that is regularly ignored by the same people who plagiarize or hate feminism altogether.
One of the reasons why I identify as a womanist is because I am not only “Black” or a only “woman.” I am a Black woman. This involves a very unique intersection in a world where both White supremacy/racism/anti-Blackness and patriarchy/sexism/misogyny/misogynoir are the foundation of much oppression. However, because womanism involves attention to other justice work (i.e. fighting poverty, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, colourism, fat shaming, colonialism, capitalism, imperialism etc.) I attempt to elevate the experiences of Black women with these oppressions and center our voices and resistance to them. This also includes critiquing White supremacy anywhere it appears. Feminism doesn’t get a pass. And to be clear, White supremacy and racism are not the only problems that feminism faces. Literally every form of oppression impacts feminists politics; this listing primarily focuses on race/gender/class issues.
There can be no real commitment to justice within feminism if people cannot even tell the difference between feminist politics/space and the status quo.
— Sandra Cisneros, Chicana Feminist Thought (via mexicatiahui)
So earlier today I overheard two white girls making this huge deal about a “Latino” being the new Bachelor
They were going on and on about how sexy he was and much they liked Latino dudes and how white guys were just boring.
So naturally I went home and Googled the dude, and um…this fool is white. And yea, obviously white latin@s exist, but I just wonder if these girls would have thought he was OMG SO SEXY if he were a darker skinned latin@.
Just a thought…
I would say yes but I’m planning on going to CEPE/UNAM this year so whatever lol
Ugghhhhh UNAM is my dream university. Pero I got grant money to go to Alcalá next semester so whatever right back at you.
Next semester I’m teaching a SPAN 323 course for native speakers in which we get to discuss what “latin@” means to us and explore contemporary latin@ issues within Latin America and the U.S.
I’m going to be dropping so much knowledge and debunking the pre-written “sample” syllabus we’re supposed to be following and the “raza cosmica” we’re all one Latin American shade bullshit it tries to sells. I might get fired pero pues
How is that people can write this trash and get away with it being published on something as widely read as The Washington Post? You may argue that well it’s just an opinion, but it’s an egregious and incredibly biased distortion of events.
Furthermore giving Elliot Abrams, clearly still stuck in this Cold War frame of mind, the platform to voice his concerns for the the democratic future of a region he helped wreck under Ronald Reagan does not make any sense. No. Sense. At. All.
Most ridiculous claim ever. Central America did not gain peace and economic growth from this intervention. The only money the region saw were the billions the U.S. gave to the war lords who raised child armies and killed and disappeared over 1 million people (the “official” count, but a grossly conservative number in my opinion)
I mean sure, I was stressed like 80% of the time and I thought I’d break down more than once and would literally forget to eat and was in zombie mode for the last month but I did it and I feel like a badass