Like I said, I’m super obsessed with being black.
Last night I spent about 2 to 3 hours pouring over the archives from the blog Racialicious. And I found this stellar article about how women of color (woc) tend to be get treated by white males. It’s amazing how the article talks about when a white male sexually assaults a brown skinned woman, there’s never an uproar. Take for instance when Andrian Brody sexually assaulted Halle Berry – more people cheered than anything. While all women’s bodies are perceived as property, when a white woman is violated – there tends to be more anger.
I’m fascinated by being black because there are so many issues that originate in race. I’ve been reading a bit about white feminism, and it really bothered me how when women talk about women’s issues – they’re really only talking about white women, who have had much different rights than WOCs ever did. I graduated from an all women’s college that was predominantly white not only in terms of students, but in regards to professors as well. A lot of the women identified as “feminist” and women’s studies was a really popular major at my school. But as time went on, I began to associate feminism with whiteness and white women who didn’t think their race gave them privilege and that being a woman was somehow “enough”.
After reading the article I linked to above, it made me realize the fury I possessed. I never considered myself a feminist because I didn’t want to align myself with an ideology that seemed racist. And I want to learn more from and about black feminist thought. But it’s not just that – I want to learn more about black (feminist) lesbians, and what they have to say about the world we live in.
It’s not just dicussions I want to have with people, because all the issues are there. We see all the problems manifesting themselves in different ways each and every day.
The question – what am I going to do about it? What kind(s) of solutions will start to heal the problems?