If white American feminist theory need not deal with the differences between us, and the resulting difference in our oppressions, then how do you deal with the fact that the women who clean your houses and tend your children while you attend conferences on feminist theory are, for the most part, poor women and women of Color?
What is the theory behind racist feminism?"
— Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House,” 1984 (via blackinasia)
Anonymous said: i love the way you correct idiocy, but i mean, when you do it, you kind of backhand them with facts. don't you think that being more official (i guess is the word) an not be so bitter? i understand that these people are jackasses, but treating them like shit will just make them more resentful
Aside from the fact that we’re one of the nicer blogs out there, the bottom line is that coddling, hand-holding, and politeness do not work. Nor was that ever something that we were afforded. It also puts the oppressed back into a position of servitude.
People do what you’re doing all the time. They will constantly try to tell us the “correct” way to talk about racism. Or try to police how we talk about oppression in general. Why? I want you to literally ask yourself. Why is that? Are we not allowed to be angry? Is our frustration too distasteful for your guilty conscious? Is our criticism only valid when we put on little kiddy gloves? When it’s palatable to you? Can you not understand why we would be frustrated?
So if we are being upfront and even angry about all the shit we have to deal with is uncomfortable for an entitled and childish oppressor and they want to continue being ignorant and complacent, you want to blame us for that? When we’re being robbed of our humanity and objectified, disregarded, appropriated and everything else, you want us to kiss their ass while begging them to see us as people? If that’s the only way you can be an ally then you can fuck right outta here. I’m not interested in letting you feel like one.
We. Do. Not. Owe. You. Shit.
Respect Harriet’s legacy and the rebuke the attempts to make light of the sexual violence Black women experienced during slavery.