Monday, March 13, 2017

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: GENDERED SLURS, MENTION OF RAPE IN THE LINKED ARTICLE]

This particular piece of writing is so brilliant, so hilarious, and so necessary right now in this time of intense attack upon progress and societal equity. Another amazing work published on The Establishment:

Your Calls For Unity Are Divisive As F*ck

By DiDi Delgado of Black Lives Matter-Cambridge.

Last month I published an article about my incredulous feelings towards white women. To the surprise of absolutely no one, lots of folks hated it and labeled me a racist. Bigoted white men descended upon me to point fingers, while proclaiming vindication for the “election” of their new orange king. Indignant white women bombarded me through every avenue of social media to declare, “Not me!” — while simultaneously proving my point. And Black men used the opportunity to shit on Black women and console all the sad Beckies in the comments. I was called a whore, a bitch, and a cannibal — all of which are true. But the most prevalent comments came from white liberals, who were disgusted by the “divisiveness” of a Black woman. They seemed outraged by my failure to quietly embrace their neo-liberal politics and pseudo-progressivism for the sake of unity.

This piece is so important because it makes the incredibly true point that the people who are being divisive are not, in fact, the ones demanding to be included. It's the people who refuse to include the most marginalized of our society - trans women, black women, disabled women, etc. - who are being divisive.

History has proven that progressive movements that leave out or actively shit upon populations that experience intersecting oppressions consistently fail to create real, lasting positive change for anybody but a specific group of privileged people. Suffrage got white women the vote, but black and Native women didn't really have access to the vote until the 60's and 70's, respectively. That left white women without important allies for many decades. White gay men left out more marginalized populations like the poor, people of color, and trans people, and now these populations make up the bulk of the LGBT+ homeless problem we have now. Nice job.

As was recently noted by attorney and activist, Marbre Stahly-Butts, “Unity is not the objective; freedom is.” If progressives want to quell divisiveness within the ranks, they need to start examining themselves, not their detractors. Radicals are NOT slowing liberals down. It’s the other way around. Sometimes the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy. Liberals need to stop looking at themselves as inherently good, and begin reflecting on the ways they’re inherently oppressive.

I urge you to read the entire piece by Delgado, if only because it is so hilarious (a cannibal???) and well-written. But also because, as a black woman, she has more authority to speak on these matters than I do as a white woman.

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