Monday, January 23, 2017

A memorable and historical march. Except…

Angela Peoples and her lollipop made that image with a purpose.

“(The photo) tells the story of white women in this moment wanting to just show up in a very superficial way and not wanting to do the hard work of making change, of challenging their own privilege. You’re here protesting, but don’t forget: the folks that you live with every single day—and, probably some of the women that decided to come to the march—voted for Trump, made the decision to vote against self-interests to maintain their white supremacist way of life.”

I’m still trying to figure out how a political movement succeeds by leveraging guilt and racial discrimination against the very people you want to convince to join your struggle.  It’s fairly nonsensical and any person that thinks that the privilege-as-pejorative narrative along with casually throwing around white supremacy will enhance changes in gender and racial equality are talking into really narrow echo chamber.  It will instead empower people like President Trump.

“Without an effort by white women especially to make sure those spaces (marches and rallies) are reflecting the diversity of women and femme people, we’re not going to make the progress we need to….. I need them to recognize they are implicit or complicit benefactors of systems like white supremacy and patriarchy—and that’s a problem.”

No, you really need to work on your skills of empowerment because telling people to listen to you and then shaming them into first guilt, then victimization, probably doesn’t really fit the mold of an successfully organized movement towards equality. 

And I’m way in before:

-You’re white.

-You’re male.

-You’re cis.

-You’re privileged.

-You’re a misogynist.

What I really am is a person that truly believes in equality, that has worked much of my life for that equality, and that’s willing call out something that I think is damaging to that goal. 

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