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Given that women of color fight both systems of oppression (and others), so why don't whites and men fight all those systems too in the name of radical anti-racism work and radical feminist work? Why don't whites fight white (and male) supremacy, acknowledge and challenge racist-misogyny wherever it exists? Why don't men fight male (and white) supremacy and acknowledge and challenge racist-misogyny wherever they exist? And, what is the difference in ways whites and men deny and defend power over other human beings--structurally, institutionally, and interpersonally?
In a recent discussion on Facebook, which I found to be beyond discouraging, and to my mind racism-loaded, conversational dynamics of maintaining white power and privilege showed up very soon after I presented my initial question by most of the respondents who asked me questions--asking me to prove the racism I was referring to. I find nothing wrong with asking a white person to point out racism, necessarily. But in the flow and context of this particular discussion, I'm also interested in analysing how the flow and content reveals white supremacist tactics of invisibilising, denying, defending, and perpetuating racism.
Only of those contributing respondents is male. I am edited out his voice from the discussion because I have had lots of conflict with him personally and don't, at the moment, want his voice here on my blog. Every woman who responded is kept in the conversation, unedited, below. And I'm only including the names of those people in the discussion who welcomed me to name them. If other folks later welcome me to do so after this post goes up, I'll add in their names too.
I plan to offer up a thorough critique of the racism and white supremacy embedded in what follows that comes from the form and content of questions brought to me.
Before I offer some analysis, I'd like to give you, dear readers, the opportunity to read and reflect on the content and let me know what you see there, and where, if at all, you find the conversation to perpetuate racism and white supremacy. A clue: the question I pose in italics, just below the question as it appeared on Facebook. And for more clues, I link to several past posts on related matters.
Whites and racism; men and sexism: what's the difference between how whites protect their power and how men protect theirs? [Readers: please note which white people attempt to answer the question, and which only ask me to prove the charges of racism.]
One white radical feminist wrote to me saying she can't support me "attacking" the white women at Rad Fem Hub. I welcome y'all to point out to me the part of my post that's an "attack"? Or is it just that whenever white power and privilege is challenged--by a person of color or by someone white, it's "an attack". See here for more:
Feedback and discussion welcome. [Note: only now on my blog, not on Facebook.]