Privileged white feminism has struck again sisters. I haven’t seen the video or taken a trip to the usual suspects profiles, I haven’t needed to, they’ve been RT’d into my TL even though I have most of them blocked and so I have been subjected to their bullshit through no fault of my own. I REALLY didn’t want to respond to this but here, rant I shall anyway.
White fems, here’s the thing. WoC don’t need you to speak for them, we don’t need you to give us your perspective on race or racism because white people have been doing just that for thousands of years. Instead why not try listening, it’s not like we haven’t asked you again and again. It’s almost like you’re not hearing us on purpose. Lily Allen may have had her heart in the right place (I literally couldn’t give a shit) but she does not speak honestly for black women. She can’t, she’s white. It is because of this fact that even something produced with the best of intentions comes across as racist and misogynistic (against black women) because it is still the white narrative. Why is this fact so hard to grasp?
I am hella not surprised at white feminism’s reaction to this. Ever since they suggested we support white cis columnists, despite the horrendous misogyny levelled at many of us by THEM, they have consistently supported any bullshit they spew out. They know it’s an attack on white feminism and that frightens them. They’ve grown used to having relative power and control and of course, they are the most oppressed of all. So oppressed they can point out how oppressed the rest of us are.
IT DOESN’T WORK LIKE THAT.
For centuries we’ve been told what to think, feel, eat, wear. You tell us when we’re not like the others; meaning we have brown nosed you sufficiently that you’ve grown fond of us, kind of like a pet. You tell us we’re shifty looking or ugly or not to be trusted. You can’t tell us what upsets us about these things or how to feel about them or react. Black people need to tell that story. You need to STFU and listen. By actively failing to do so time after time, you send the very clear message that you believe in your white supremacy, it is more civilised and rational and capable of analysis. We’re angry or crazy, literally The Worst. Trauma does that to people. Every day we face the prospect of leaving the front door and possibly being murdered for who we are, whether we are black or trans* or disabled, anything other than perfectly ‘normal’ in a white cis society. How could you dare to frame it in the way you see it with your blue eyes?
I’m still reeling from the anxiety borne in me the day I supported Southall Black Sisters at their demo against the UKBA for its racist ‘Go Home’ campaign, white people in cars almost foaming at the mouth, their bodies jerking with aggression that a few uppity brown women would dare challenge white supremacy with their chants and clappy hands. Make a video about that Lily, but talk to us first, won’t you? Heck, attend one of their demos why not? Do something that will really help not leave an internet full of people talking about your very latest capitalist venture. Controversy sells doesn’t it?