I would posit that there are a few things that it’s about time all White people figured out. These are things we’ve been told collectively by people of Color countless times, but we don’t seem to be hearing them. Perhaps we can hear them differently when called in by a White person to consider how we can actively work to end racial injustice and oppression.
Race & Ethnicity
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Someone says or does something racist; you call them out for their racism, and someone accuses YOU of being the one who’s perpetuating racism. “Just stop talking about race if you want racism to end!” Check out Chesca’s video about this (and other) ridiculous, dismissive claims that race activists encounter whenever they speak up!
Feminism is much more than simply addressing the wage gap, climbing the corporate ladder, or ensuring access to abortion services. Women of color have never had the privilege to solely focus on women’s issues — gender and racial inequalities combined so often ravage both our physical and mental health. Here are 4 ways women of color experience sexism differently.
Every few days, I get a question along the lines of “How do you reconcile your Muslim faith with feminism?” These questions have always puzzled me because I find that Islam and feminism complement each other well. If you’re interested in supporting Muslim women in feminism – which, as feminists, you should be –here are six tips to embrace to be better peers.
When social justice pages and forums discuss issues in pop culture, one response always pops up: “Why are you discussing this when children are starving in Africa? This is not important. First world problems!” These comments might be well-intended, but ultimately they perpetuate different forms of oppression.
The experience of black folks is excluded from an endless list of discussions; one such discussion is that around the topic of eating disorders. Do black people have eating disorders? How is their relationship with food related to race? And how are these experiences valued in the community? Hear the opinions of dozens of black folks on these questions.
When I do Q&A sessions with young people, a White young person will usually ask, “How do you feel about Affirmative Action? It’s not fair that I will have less of a chance of getting into college because of what happened in the past!” Ask any White person how they feel about Affirmative Action, and you’ll probably hear that it is “unfair.” This is just not true.
Most oppressed and underrepresented groups can readily provide a list of ridiculous examples of misrepresentation at the hands of privileged individuals, but the ones white people say to Asian people are especially notable. So what would these quips sound like if the roles were reversed? What would it sound like if Asians said the things white people say?
There’s this unspoken pressure within the black community to present a “respectable” image of blackness at all times. And I get that. We want to be represented, we want to be valued, and we want to be seen as human, and when we know that we as a race are being denigrated for whatever reason, we want to push back against that. But that’s bullshit. Here’s why.
With stories like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, and Bridesmaids hitting the market in the last few years, women and girls are finally being represented in media. While this is amazing, there are still groups of people who are underrepresented — including women and girls of color. This lack of representation does a disservice to everyone.