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SlutWalk and Racism

October 09, 2011 at 2:35 pm by: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights, Intersectionality, White Privilege

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From Crunk Feminist Collective:

I want to be in solidarity with Slutwalk. I really do. But my knees are getting weak. It’s inspiring to see women coming together to protest the all-too-real threat and reality of rape and to reclaim our right to define and exercise our respective sexualities outside the context of patriarchy. I dig all that. But I do not dig seeing signs like that held up by Erin Clark and Kelly Hannah Peterlinz at Slutwalk NYC that said “Woman Is the Nigger of the World.”

I do not dig debating with young white feminists late into the night about white privilege and having other Black women in the thread have to call out the supposed anti-racist feminists for not speaking up, for yet again forcing Black women to do the exhausting work of teaching. I do not dig being told on the interwebs, –tumblr, other blogs, the Slutwalk NYC FB page–that Black women are being hyper-sensitive and divisive.

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4 comments
nancy a heitzeg
nancy a heitzeg

Can we ever leave 1969?? or 1978?? or ???

stunning that these issues are still up for debate in the 21st Century...

Progress???

anyone?????

astrid
astrid

Can White Privilege ever leave? Progress anyone? Critical thinking anyone? Empathy anyone? Read a book anyone??  Ignorance is bliss anyone? SMH.

Seeta Persaud
Seeta Persaud

Stunning and revealing, indeed.  I do hope the young women involved have learned something invaluable from this.

conlakappa
conlakappa

Sigh.  I'll have to take a page from Robinswing and say, true, how hypersensitive of black women to take exception to seeing that poster.