Black Women, Blow the Trumpet!
Described as "a place where black women identify, organize and strategize solutions for societal issues that impact black women," BWBT has a wonderful post up now about alliances between white and black feminists. an excerpt:
As I read the conversations on the blogs of many black feminists, I hear a recurring complaint that white feminists do not fully understand the struggle of black women. I need to make this very clear to all of my sistas so we can stop whining about it once and for all: NO ONE understands the struggle of black women and NO ONE ever will. Can we agree that today shall be the last and final reality check regarding the fanciful notion that non-black women will ever fully understand our struggles?
Entering the mind and heart of black women can NOT become a criteria for our allies. It is an outlandish and unrealistic expectation. No one needs to understand my mind and my heart to contribute to the objectives that I have placed on the table. Do us all a favor and please leave your heart outside of the room when we come to the negotiating table as a collective to leverage the influence of our non-black allies.
Black women, we need to have some requirements for our allies. Our allies must:
(1) understand and embrace the objectives we have on the table
(2) understand and embrace the vision for how those objectives can be accomplished
(3) understand the resources that they are being expected to leverage in order for those objectives to be met for our mutual benefit
(4) have a clear understanding of how "mutual benefit" is being defined by us
(5) understand how the contributions of our allies will be defined and measured
(6) examine how milestones will be identified and measured
No one has to become an honorary black woman in order to advance the priorities that matter to black women. I would encourage all of my sistas to examine why it seems so necessary for someone to understand your personhood in order for you to extend trust. Read more...
Mixed Race America
Okay, so this blog isn't a new find. I link to my blog sister, Jennifer, often. But she has a wonderful post about the University of Washington belatedly granting honorary degrees to Japanese American students who were forced to leave the institution and face incarceration during WWII. Jenn says:
For more on the graduation, click on this link. I had tears in my eyes when I read it. Because it's true--it's never too late to do the right thing. It's never too late for us to remember that we CAN do something--we don't have to just sit back and say, "There's nothing I can do." The faculty and staff at UW who helped make this graduation ceremony possible should be commended. Because they didn't have to do this. But it was and is the right thing to do. Which makes me wonder, will our current administration ever be brave enough to admit its mistakes and apologize? Will we recognize, much later, the harm we've done to others--the racial profiling we do to anyone of Muslim or Arab descent--anyone who "looks" Middle-Eastern? Read more...
The Cruel Secretary
This blogger just got name checked in a recent Washington Post article (Washington freakin Post!) on critics of old guard black activists.
...I agree with the Post article about the traditional Civil Rights organizations losing their prestige. I just disgree w/ the major reason cited: IMO, these organizations seem to be on the wrong side of the right issues nowadays. If SCLC, CORE, and the NAACP worked with ColorofChange and secured the release, their prestige would have been burnished. If the NAACP would have supported the victims of the Dunbar Village situation (atrocity, really) in the first place instead of their violators, the group would have received some praise. (The last I heard, the NAACP, West Palm Beach chapter, who jumped in to defend the violators, didn't retract their support or apologize to the victims or has done anything else on the victim's behalf). The most sustained critiques and actions against rap's misogyny (in the music and the videos) haven't come from any of these organizations. That's why, moreso than not keeping up with technology or being a victim of their own success or their pool of middle-class donors leaving–is why these organizations are fading away. Read more...
Unlike the MSM, Mr. Shadow celebrated the anniversary of Malcolm X's birth yesterday by printing Ossie Davis's eulogy of the slain leader.
Writes Like She Talks
Jill Zimon has posted an interesting interview with John C. Green, director of the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Green tackles the issue of what Hillary Clinton supporters could do next.
This diverse collective of female bloggers, secured an exclusive interview with Barack Obama. Check it out below.
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