I suppose this post is in response to things that have happened in the radical feminist blogosphere recently that I’ve only recently become invested in catching up with and interacting with. I’m a little devastated that people who were writing material I found very profound and important are engaging in behavior which seems at face value to be racist and ignorant. I’m still trying to figure it out.
Its important to be invested in the fight against white supremacy, if you are a white feminist for the simple fact that the majority of women on this planet are not white. It is important because the white female reality is a minority of the feminine reality on this planet.
Its not the job of the rest of the women on this planet to educate you about their reality or how to be their ally. Can you imagine a man coming up to you and demanding that you tell him how to stop being a sexist? Doesn’t that come across as kind of like they’re using you to hide their sexism? To make themselves better people? How many of us tell the menfolk to get off our blogs when they ask us streams of questions about shit that is obvious to us? Its no one’s responsibility but yours to educate yourself. A black woman, or any woman of color is not your personal resource for expanding your consciousness just because she’s down with feminism.
Luckily for us (white women) there have been many women of color throughout history who have written about their realities in the hopes of helping all women rise. There’s no excuse not to read what they have to say. Its insane to try to disconnect racism from sexism. In prostitution whose bodies are sold to the lowest bidder and end up in the gutter? When the government cuts social services who suffers? When the beauty mandates come down from on high who is alienated from any concept of beauty in the mainstream white culture? Who are the women having their families ripped apart by the state? Who are the women who have had to deal with genocidal forced sterilization and birth control testing? Who are the pregnant women shot in their uterus’ when government raids on “drug cartels” in Latin America?
Racism like all forms of oppression grows out of our learned behavior to objectify other human beings by first dividing ourselves into male and female as children. Its not hard to realize how integral the fight against racism is to understanding the oppression of women.
Sometimes it seems like all some people want is a seat at the table, greater enfranchisement for *this* marginalized group, or greater enfranchisement for *that* one. Not a complete overhaul of ALL the institutions which work together to grind women under the patriarchy’s heel.