Two very important posts on anti-oppression conversations that so often implode and intersectional goals that end up not being reached. I’m bookmarking these.
- Afrodyke’s Secret Lair: on having That Conversation
- Afrodyke has a great list of more recommended reading at the end of the post, including a link to a Hoyden post from a few years ago.
- hepshiba at DailyKos: White Feminist Privilege in Organizations
I’ll start this essay with this comment: If you’re a white feminist and an anti-racist, I’m not talking about you (though I would be interested in talking with you). If you’re a white feminist and you don’t like how I’m talking about racist white feminists, that’s fine. But if you want to convince me that most white feminists aren’t also racists (conscious or unconscious), forget it because it won’t work. You’ll be doing the racists’ work for them, by distracting from a discussion about racism, and diverting to a lament about poor, misunderstood white feminists. Finally, if you’re a white, racist feminist and you know it, get a clue, or take a hike. Or show your ass. And if you’re not any sort of feminist at all, go bark up somebody else’s tree.
Disability advocates, working class advocates, LGBTQI advocates etc all have their own version of That Conversation in spaces that self-identify as progressive, along with the inevitable diversionary laments about being misunderstood. Since it’s important not to divert attention from the focus of these two posts on the frequent failures of anti-racist idealism, let’s just take the instructive parallels as read, and have comments stick to discussing racism and anti-racist activism and ally-work.
Image Credit: thumbnail image of a woman wearing a visible knapsack is some clip-art found which reminded me of the classic anti-racist consciousness-raising article White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh