womensmarchToday's #ActivistAday features myself, ShiShi Rose (@shishi.rose) and I am one of the admins here.
For some people, their outlook of this country deeply changed on November 9th. For the rest of us, this is how it has always looked.
I want to remind you that that is a privilege.
It's a privilege that white supremacy wasn't at the forefront of your reality, because you benefit from it.
I want to remind you that no ally ever got very far, in any movement, without acknowledgement of their own privilege daily. You do not just get to join the efforts that people of color have been working for their entire lives to both teach and survive, without doing work, too. You don't just get to join because now you're scared, too. I was born scared.
Now is the time for you to be listening more, talking less, spend time observing, taking in media and art created by people of color, researching, and unlearning the things you have been taught about this country. You should be reading our books and understanding the roots of racism and white supremacy. Listening to our speeches. You should be drowning yourselves in our poetry. Now is the time that you should be exposed to more than just the horrors of this country, but also the beauty that has always existed within communities of color. Beauty that was covered over because the need to see white faces depicted was more important.
Now is the time to teach your children, to call out your family, to finally speak up. You have been silent for long enough. Now is the time to realize that you should have joined us sooner. But since you're here now, it's time to get to work.
- annachka83Her article and the other females comments are the issue that I have they are too broad. My point is you can't generalize. People in America are of so many different races and countries and if you want your voice to be heard then do it in a way that everyone can relate and not have to be told to feel a certain way and be judged when that is what your issue is in the first place.
- caradisneyrainsWell this makes me not want to go now. This is for all women! Not just black, white but brown , muslin, ect. I am sorry, this is crap. You can not box people. You don't know what some people's life's have been. Really, this is upsetting, you are making it sound like because I am white I am so privileged, that I can stand and fight for what is right for all. This was just a wrong thing to say. One less now...
- hollyelizabethriceThank you, @shishi.rose. It is an honor to march with you and support you as a fellow woman. Thank you for your words, your mind, and for allowing us to be there with you. Fellow white women, getting offended gets you no where. Identify the importance of these words. Understand that your privilege exists and that it is your duty to use it for good. Privilege has done us well our whole lives, let us now use it to do well by others.
- saskia.elisabethIn case you forgot, all women were suppressed throughout history. This is an event about women banding together, not tearing each other apart because you're bitter. You can acknowledge your privilege and still believe this is an ALL women issue, and want to march. You say now is the time to be listening more, talking less. Then you say now is the time to finally speak up. WTF you want white women to do. You're so obsessed with victimizing yourself, you fail to realize a movement is stronger when everyone is banded together and people aren't tearing other people apart because they grew up with a degree of privilege. Privilege comes in many forms besides race.
- jessica_______marieHonestly, the Pro-Life women you kicked out of this march shouldn't be upset. I'm glad they won't be degrading themselves to the point of participating in this event. This country has always been the most free country on the face of the planet. Have we been perfect? No. This isn't Heaven, it's merely a country consisting of imperfect people who have sinful, fallen natures and who make mistakes. But both racial minorities and women have had faaaaaar better treatment and opportunities here than any other country on this earth. We had slavery, and it was evil, but thanks to the efforts of thousands of Christian abolitionists and mostly white male soldiers, we abolished it extremely well compared to how long it took other countries (the ones who have even abolished it, that is). I mean, for goodness sakes, the Republican party was founded for the purpose of abolishing polygamy and slavery. It was literally founded to abolish an institution that demeans women and an institution that demeans (in this country's case) colored people. The KKK lynched more white Christian abolitionists than they did actual blacks. If you are a person of color, you should be proud of your country for largely overcoming racism (except for in very very small pockets of backwards people) instead of hating it. No other nation has fought for the rights of racial minorities like ours has. In every country, it is the norm to treat women and racial minorities (regardless of whether that racial minority is white, black, etc.) as 2nd class citizens. What our country has done in regards to giving those two groups equal treatment to males of the majority race is truly remarkable. We've overcome the norm and beat the status quo. Instead of being angry, you should look at the world around you and thumb through some history books and realize that we are truly exceptional. You should be tremendously grateful and proud.
- lucky.skysYour post is all about skin color. I am not marching to defend my "whiteness." I'm marching for anyone who has ever had their rights taken away, their voice not heard, their bodies not respected. I'm marching for the LGBTQ community, the abused, the marginalized. I'm white. I'm female. I'm still marching. I'm not apologizing for marching or making it about you. It's global. Think about the LGBTQ community for a moment. This community just gained rights within the last few years...FAR FAR later than people of color did. I'm marching for me. My rights, belonging to the LGBTQ community, are in jeopardy! And I just got those rights! We need equal rights for all, and singling out skin color and why whites need to acknowledge privilege is like me telling all straight people, regardless of color, that they need to acknowledge the privileges they have for being straight. I love inclusiveness. I'm happy my friends of color, my LGBT friends, my elderly friends, my abused friends are all marching alongside me. We are marching together, without asking anything of one another, but instead building each other up. Solidarity. Unity. Love to you and all marchers!❤✌
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- fae__marieWhite feminism is all over these comments. Stop complaining about this post and how it marginalizes all white women. If you're white, your voice cannot be marginalized. This post is just calling for white none to recognize their privilege, Ltd not saying that your struggles as a white woman aren't valid. Intersection Al feminism is the right kind of feminism. Just open your eyes and learn from those that are underrepresented instead of getting angry and hurt because you don't feel included.
- fae__marie@annachka83 you have to recognize the struggles of different women in order to make a change. Why are you getting hurt and upset over a post that is asking you to use your privilege to help they women that are underrepresented?
- fae__marie@caradisneyrains don't go! Stop making this about you. No one is getting boxed in. You are white, and you have more privileged that women if color. That is a fact. As a feminist, try to understand that your struggles as a female may be different than other females struggles. You're making this post about how much you are hurt, and how upset you are, which is what usually happens when unrepresented women talk about their struggles.
- annachka83@fae__marie if your gonna comment at least read what I wrote. I said no one is getting upset I stated my opinion just like she and you and everyone did theirs. You need to read before you start typing. Don't you or anyone else tell me what "privilege" I have. It's 2017.
- d.incompleteSo I don't get to join because I was born a particular color? My experiences and voice dont matter bc you are tired of hearing white women speak. Im so sad at this - I thought we were coming together as women and didnt realize we would be split into different camps.
- iheartbobrossI hear what you're saying and I'm starting the work.
- kaila.barattiniI vow to spend 2017 listening more and making room for women of color to voice their experiences, thoughts and feelings. I vow to unlearn my white supremacist ways. I vow to use my privilege to call out other white feminists who silence and discredit women of color for sake of feeling left out. I vow to do the work. Thank you for reminding me why I'm marching in the first place @shishi.rose ❤️
- marmarfrickI hear you, I see you, and thank you for this.
- mermaidmariahSome of these comments are actually blowing my mind. Stop resisting this truth. Accept it and we can finally make the necessary changes that we so desperately need. Those who understand, thank you.
- scott_follows_claudiaWord @jon_jon_fowlkes
- basslandswhite people are getting all kinds of triggered. Truth hurts, huh?
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