Conservatives and a lot of white Liberals play a game. It’s a game where they pretend that their current support of injustice and oppression, such as telling protesters of police violence that they are “violent” and “not-respectful,” is only a ‘disagreement’ over tactics or maybe ‘facts.’ This game they play proclaims a disagreement with current liberation movements, but an assurance that they supported “respectful” movements and leaders, which they claim MLK is the heavenly embodiment of. The game they play says that these “new” movements lack any respectful or factual basis that the “old” movements they venerate do.
A (white, former) friend of mine assured me that while he believed Darren Wilson was innocent, that he was a supporter of Civil Rights and believed that Ferguson protesters were deviating from MLK’s dream. This is a thing I hear constantly, whether it’s from liberals or from conservatives trying to compare Rosa Parks and MLK to Kim Davis, the implication is clear: they believe they would be on the right side of the history in the Civil Rights Movement, and that movements existing now aren’t on the right side of history.
Besides whitewashing MLK’s legacy and literally being the embodiment of his frustrations with the white moderate, they also disconnect the histories of the struggles they supposedly would support from the struggles of today, as if they were separate and not interconnected stories of resistance. The various liberal and radical alternative movements fought against police violence back then. The police were referred to as an occupying army in the 60′s. They also paint past struggles as if they all followed a singular set of tactics, as if no disagreements or even splinter or separate movements existed during those times that promoted different, definitely less “respectful” ways of advocating change.
But the biggest problem with this game they play is: their claim that they would support MLK is a false one. The reasons for not supporting Black Lives Matter or various other liberation based movements are not new. They existed during MLK’s time. MLK was not viewed as a peaceful, respectful man. People hated him and his tactics. People attacked him physically, threatened him over the phone and through letters, the media painted him as a trouble-maker. Much like conservatives and white liberals hate and view BLM today. The conservative and white liberal promoting stability, respect and peace are the white moderate of 2015. Remember, the white moderate was a group of people MLK criticized for not supporting justice.
The answer is simple: if you find yourself in any way supporting injustice now, you would not have fought against injustice back then, or any time. Stop fooling yourself. You would have been complicit in MLK’s death and not an accomplice to his victories.
sometimes I read a post on tumblr that’s like, omg straight cis people are dumm
and i’m like well that’s annoying
but then i’m like, ehh if that’s the worst I have to deal with then who cares
people are being systematically oppressed and literally dying
and i’m complaining about some anonymous teenager that I will never meet making a general, actually harmless comment that wasn’t even directed towards me personally on their personal blog that I will literally forget about in 20 minutes
For the very first time in our nation’s history someone has been jailed due to their religious beliefs. This is absolutely unconstitutional. I tried to make the point yesterday that with what is unfolding in front of us that Christianity is being criminalized, but I was cussed at for saying it. Let me ask you now, is there someone in jail today due to her Christian belief? Would that person not be in jail if she didn’t stand firm in her Christian faith? Then I submit to you, yet again, that Christianity has now been criminalized and if you fail to see what is taking place then you choose to bury your head in the sand and blindly follow the path your being led down into oppression and despotism. All that I can say to the rest of you who do see and understand is simply, hold the line, God bless, and good luck.
An Intersectional Feminist against Imperial Feminism
“Recently, during a training session for my work sector in a Muslim-majority country, a white American male associate started a discussion on gender development projects. “There’s still so much oppression that these women have to endure,” he lectured. “We have to take initiative to start these female projects, and we have to start by going to the local authorities—who will be male—and helping them see these issues.”
As a woman of color intersectional feminist, I was immediately on edge and on guard at these words. The familiar feelings began creeping in—frustration curling my fists and fear slithering down my spine. However, despite all that I wanted to scream about imperialism, imposition, paternalism, sustainability, and power dynamics, I simply took a deep breath and tackled one small aspect of his hugely problematic oration. “Well,” I said, trying to keep my voice steady, “You know, there are local authorities who are not men.”
The man smiled indulgently at me. “Gender roles are different here, sweetheart,” he said. “Males have more power than females. I mean, you must understand. Isn’t it like that in your culture, too?”
This is Imperial Feminism, also known more accurately as Gendered Orientalism. This is the kind of “feminism” that centers white narratives and strips away the agency of women of color. It places the West on a pedestal of gender empowerment, and thus ignores the systemic misogyny of Western nations. It generalizes non-Western cultures. It promotes the dual image of the scary brown man and the white savior. This is the “feminism” of white people (especially, but not only, men) trying to save women of color. It appropriates women’s rights movements in the service of paternalism and empire. This is why we need intersectionality: to fight against oppressive ideologies that use and abuse the idea of justice to perpetuate injustices. We must not let people get away with exploiting ideas of gender equality in order to enable racism.”
[Headline image: The photograph shows a young Malaysian Muslim woman wearing an orange and black hijab, a blouse with a blue design, and a black sweater. She is standing near Birds of Paradise and is touching a long leaf with her hand.]
Idk why some ppl are so obsessed with saying “white straight cis men” as if u have to be All Of Those Things to contribute to oppression like… I was talking about misogyny so I was referring to men and my friend was like “***white straight cis men” like no, literally all men benefit from misogyny, sorry? Ur not exempt just cuz you’re not white andor straight andor cis. Same with racism, like I’m not exempt cuz I’m a girl and a lesbian, I’m still white and still benefit from the overarching system, same w any system of oppression
I mean if you think about it, how much physical violence was there in Mad Max: Fury Road for example?
Not much. At least, not that I can remember.
Like what was more violent? The loss of lives, or Immortan Joe’s tyranny? The blind faith and idolization by the War Boys? The oppressive society and those who suffered under it? The dehumanization?
Know what I mean?
That’s incredibly more violent and destructive than taking a life. Dying is easy. The War Boys are a perfect example of that. They want to die martyrs of a cause and they don’t care who they have to harm to get there.
Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International Executive Director
When Winnie Byanyima arrived in Britain, a frightened 17 year-old fleeing Idi Amin’s brutal regime, she was immediately arrested. The $300 pressed into her hand by her mother as they parted ways in Kenya – after crossing the Ugandan border together under cover of darkness – turned out to be fake. Ms Byanyima was found out as she tried to change the black-market notes into sterling at the airport.
“The policeman looked at me crying and saw I was an innocent young girl,” she says, chuckling softly now about the ordeal. “He tore up the money and advised me never to get any except from a proper bank.Of course I laughed: in Uganda you couldn’t go to a bank and get currency.” [x]
This amazing woman right here:
daughter of a politician and a women’s rights activist, whose childhood home became a resistance again the Idi Amin dictatorship. (““Anyone who was suffering abuses of power and oppression ran to us. So I grew up seeing that as a normal thing. I grew up thinking the most decent job to do was to fight injustice.”)
came to the UK as a teenage refugee
went on to get a degree in aeronautical engineering and then her masters in mechanical engineering
returned to Uganda and served 11 years in parliament there.
led Uganda’s first parliamentary women’s caucus and is a world recognized expert on women’s rights
founded the organization Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE).
She has served at the African Union Commission and as Director of Gender and Development at the United Nations Development Program.
is a signatory to Uganda’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in Rwanda, South Africa, Burundi, Sudan
co-founded a 60-member Global Gender and Climate Alliance
that post on asexuality is pretty gross especially the implication that fetishization and hypersexualization is somehow worse for people who are asexual. that shit is not less harmful to me because i do actually have sex.
I just reread the post with what you said in mind and I don’t really see that the person is saying that being asexual makes being subject to fetishization worse. they are simply saying that being asexual adds a different dimension to the equation. This is the basic concept of intersectionality. we aren’t here to rank oppression and microaggressions, but we should be able to speak from our particular positions because all aspects of our identities really do come into play all the time. of course if we’re still missing something here let us know