Because it needs saying

“White women and black men have it both ways. They can act as oppressor or be oppressed. Black men may be victimized by racism, but sexism allows them to act as exploiters and oppressors of women. White women may be victimized by sexism, but racism enabled them to act as exploiters and oppressors of black people. Both groups have led liberation movements that favor their interests and support the continued oppression of other groups. Black male sexism has undermined struggles to eradicate racism just as white female racism undermines feminist struggle. As long as these two groups or any group defines liberation as gaining social equality with ruling class white men, they have a vested interest in the continued exploitation and oppression of others.”

Bell Hooks

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3 comments

  1. exactly! this definitely points out the importance of intersectionality- oppression anywhere only increases oppression elsewhere, and denying that other oppressions exist/matter/are important is not going to help eliminate anything. this is a great quote.

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  2. Gaining social equality with ruling class white men would never be something I would work/hope/strive for. I don’t want to join that club (boring) and anyway, it’s not the point, is it?

    No one is less than me and I will defend anyone who is treated as though they are. No one is better than me and I will put anyone who thinks they are in their place.

    Can it be that simple?

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