#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Lights Up Twitter
If you haven’t seen the hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen on Twitter yet, you’re in for some really interesting and academic dialog on the discussion of feminism and inclusion.
The conversations on this hashtag are smart, informed and well worth your time, so please listen in.
I do want to address some of the criticism though. I’ve heard some women taking offense to the tweets and saying things like, “But I didn’t create this problem. Why do we always have to blame white people?”
True. But this conversation isn’t really about white folks…it’s about white supremacy and exclusion. And yes, there is a difference.
I know that some are wondering why all the discussion on white women, why the finger pointing, etc. But again, this isn’t really about white women…it’s about white culture.
As a white woman, I see the push back from mainstream/white culture and how exclusionary and dismissive our views can be. We tend to get defensive when race is mentioned, when we should really be listening and realizing that it isn’t all about us.
The fact that we don’t is, I’m sorry to say, a result of white supremacy.
We have to realize that women of color stating their exclusion is NOT an attack on white women. It is not an attack on any one of us individually, and should not be taken personally. These tweets are a concerted expression against white supremacy, which whether we like to admit it or not, does affect the actions (or inaction) of white women on the issues that affect women of color most.
I do not see this as an expression of “resentment” or an “attack”. The instances mentioned in the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen tweets are a reality for many women of color and it is absolutely true that overwhelmingly, the white feminist community does separate itself from women of color. That’s not to say that it is an intentional separation, but white supremacy and systemic exclusion make it so.
We need to be listening and not dismissing.
For those interested in reading some of the tweets, you can follow along on Twitter via the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag and/or read some of the tweets I’ve rounded up below.
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