Yes...Yes They Do

Arguing that black people don’t have a monopoly on the term nigger is just fucking disgusting. You want it that bad? Really?

~ Latoya Peterson, Slutwalk, Slurs, and Why Feminism Still Has Race Issues
Why, yes...yes they do.  Exactly what part of "white folks love the word 'nigger', are obsessed with it, will use any excuse to say it, orgasm whenever they do, and have absolutely no intention of letting it go" are people not getting?


I haven't bothered to cover or discuss the Slutwalk precisely because I knew that sooner or later, some shit like this was about to go down.  Pygmy knows, I'm no fan of white feminists, and I don't feel one iota of solidarity with them.  Because like most POC, I have The Clock.  You know..."the Clock"?  The one that starts ticking whenever white folks enter the scene and counts down to that inevitable moment of racial fucked-uppery?

The bitter battle between WoC and white feminists rages on.  To quote Neo-Prodigy, "...and in other news, it's Wednesday."  Are we really surprised by this?  Are we really surprised by this?

I'm sorry if I don't have much more to add to this, but it's Indigenous People's Day/Week, I want to enjoy honoring my fellow POC, and I don't have time to be surprised, appalled, offended, or what have you by white feminists simply conducting business as usual.

For those who still care

Dear Slutwalk, Woman is NOT the Nigger of the World, from Womanist Musings

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  1. I'm just gonna leave these riiiiiiiiight here:

    http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1012462.html

    http://neo-prodigy.livejournal.com/1012934.html

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  2. White feminism can be summed up in three words…. Me... Me… Me…! This unexpressed resentment comes from feeling as though they’ve been disrespected/neglected by a white male power structure. Protesting (as a means of raising awareness they say) puts the focus back on them.

    Historically, white women have learned a lot from white men in that they misrepresent themselves; using other-than-ethical means to achieve their goals. They’ll utilize women of color (much in the same manner white men have throughout history) to mask their true intentions. They’re mad at husbands and boyfriends; disenchanted with fathers- white male employers and politicians, because they believe they deserve so much more. It’s never been about women of color, because much like the Borg- white women are users. “We’ll add your cultural/social struggles and racial distinctiveness to our own; your historical hurts will be exploited to service us!”

    Using the word Nigger was simply a means to an end. As that white woman wrote the slur on the sign, at no time did she contemplate the hurt her actions would cause women of color. No, she was much too consumed by her own selfish motivation to feel empathy for her black sisters. Using the N-word to claim kinship with her non-white sisters was an egregious act yes, but it presented an irresistible opportunity. Equating her repression (despite her privilege) to be equal with that of black people, shows how low she'll stoop to get her point across. Hence, the political connotations from using the word nigger "had nothing to do with race," she'll say. And so it is in this sense whites can freely use the affront from this day forth. Frankly, I'm just surprised she wasn't made up in blackface. “White men you're treating us like Niggers, and we're not niggers!” Remember, if you control the narrative, you can set the rules as you see fit.

    Consequently, even this kind of attention is good attention if it raises awareness. Should she get in over her head and weep after being confronted, there's a contingent of white men ready to shore her up. So that once again, its no longer about women of color, but its about Her struggle- Her hurt and Her healing. I agree... white women are simply too predictable.

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  3. I'll be back to comment once I get my thoughts together.

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  4. Okay, here they are:

    One, for white feminists to allow this sign to go on without question is an obvious sign about who they are really fighting for. It shows they are a movement of, for, and by white women first and WOC second or even last.

    Two, women is as far from being the "nigger of the world" as butterflies are far from being considered pests as opposed to roaches and mosquitoes.

    Three, WOC, black women in particular, have a hard time joining a movement known as "Slutwalk" because of the damaging history America has with black women and their image of being promiscuous. Which leads to...

    Four, white women have the privilege of being seen as individuals which is why there are white sluts and white princesses. That's why no matter how many Girls Gone Wild videos there are, they are still seen as paragons of beauty and femininity. Even some white female porn stars are regarded with respect. Black women don't have that luxury in this nation. They are not seen in the same positive light by white society. They are never seen as individuals. We know that white people will judge a whole race based on the actions of a few. So, that means that one or a few black women who fit their negative stereotypes of being loud, angry, and easy, is more than enough to confirm their racism.

    Unless these white broads understand the true complexity of their women's movement, they will ultimately continue fighting for themselves and no other woman.

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  5. @M. Gibson. You are so right. They love to interrupt any discussion about racism with a "me, me, me" to proclaim that they as white women have it harder than anyone has ever ever had it.

    I was just in an internet commenting section where a young white girl was questioning the way that the media fauns over missing white girls but ignores missing minority girls. And and older white woman showed up with lots of blah blah blahing about how women of all races get abused, and of course when people pointed out to her that it was great that a young person already say what privilege did and was speaking out about it, she derailed and started complaining about people playing the race card about everything.
    Ugh.
    I'm so tired of them insisting that everything has to be about them and that they should have the right to do anything anywhere anytime and anyplace and no one has a right to lay a finger on one single hair on their heads.
    Of course no one should abuse you ever, but I have trouble with signing up to march so they can drink until they are unconscious and then insist that no one touches them. Or the right to go to a foreign country and run around with strangers and then have your family insult said country when you disappear. Or the right to go study abroad and kill your roommate and complain when you actually go to jail b/c your cute act doesn't work with the locals...

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  6. Nicthommi...preach.

    Preach, preach, preach.

    I'm so tired of them insisting that everything has to be about them and that they should have the right to do anything anywhere anytime and anyplace and no one has a right to lay a finger on one single hair on their heads.
    Of course no one should abuse you ever, but I have trouble with signing up to march so they can drink until they are unconscious and then insist that no one touches them. Or the right to go to a foreign country and run around with strangers and then have your family insult said country when you disappear. Or the right to go study abroad and kill your roommate and complain when you actually go to jail b/c your cute act doesn't work with the locals.


    There is war in this world, global financial exploitation going on right here in America's front yard, and yet these girls are complaining about having to use caution and common sense in everyday life.

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  7. She's not being original "woman is the nigger of the world" is the title of a song by John Lennon. Forgive me if someone has already posted this.

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  8. @ Pepp

    Yep, and as other bloggers have pointed out, John Lennon's song was problematic then and it's problematic now. I believe it was Renee at Womanist Musings who wondered why Lennon and Yoko never asked black women how they felt about the song title.

    This is a classic case of white people not changing. They thought this sort of thing was okay back then, and they think it's okay now.

    And the progress/change/evolution/growth is...where, exactly?

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  9. You know, I'll tell ya this, when...

    White Woman was being pampered, Black woman was being taught be their mothers on how to work.

    White Woman was driving a carrage, Black woman was walking on a dirt road.

    White Woman was complaining about not being treated fairly, Black Woman was being spat on by white people.

    White Woman wanted to join in the workforce, Black woman was already working.

    So the question is, Where was my Grandmother's rights when she was working on the farm? Or when she had to raise three kids in Newark during the Civil Rights period.

    So when a white person says a N-word. It's not progress it a step backwards.

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  10. @Javan...love your comment. I was just trying to find the words on a comment elsewhere and you summed up what I was TRYING to say over there...white women had to "fight" not to be taken care of. When they were ready to work they got to just slide into the best jobs. We were already working but are still fighting not to be left taking care of their kids and cleaning their toilets or otherwise reporting to them.

    They got to jump into the workforce AHEAD of us, and still get promoted when they lack formal education or experience (and can attain excellent white collar careers without going to school), and then they get to argue that when they decide to leave work for 10 years to go back to being taken care of by their husbands, they should have the right to cut to the front of the line in front of everyone who never stopped working.

    That is why I'm kind of anti-feminist on that topic. They always think they should be able to play "cutsies" no manner how many years of work or education they opt out of. And the world is an awful and oppressive place when they can't be an executive who works 15 hours a week from their kids playrooms while getting paid a high six figure salary.

    @Ankhesen, this is perhaps a bit tangential, but as I get older, I wonder how WW feel about their BW "friends" who still are wrinkle-free and youthful looking. When I see people I grew up with, I get a lot of "wow you haven't changed" and a lot of questions about my skin which of course isn't changing like theirs is. They think I have some special products or treatments that they haven't heard of. I rarely hear them acknowledge the advantage that we have when it comes to Father Time(yet they'll fawn over some obviously botoxed, silicon filled, plastic surgeried, airbrushed white female celebrity as being "genetically blessed"), but given that they spend their lives being told that we are ugly and they are beautiful, it has to be galling to some of them to realize that their black "friend" looks 10-15 years younger.
    It just came to mind b/c I saw Angela Bassett on TV the other day, looking as glorious as ever, and they did not compliment her looks just once, even though she is 50, but of course when I see the obviously knifed up Christie Brinkley, they love to tell her (lie) that she looks 30. Sorry for the aside but I always wonder if it plays into the progression that you describe.

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  11. "They got to jump into the workforce AHEAD of us, and still get promoted when they lack formal education or experience (and can attain excellent white collar careers without going to school), and then they get to argue that when they decide to leave work for 10 years to go back to being taken care of by their husbands, they should have the right to cut to the front of the line in front of everyone who never stopped working."

    That's why the Economy is messed up, cause you have jack-holes from Girls Gone Wild running Wall Street, DC and other facilities.

    If a black woman do it....Think about it.

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  12. Perla Buttons10/14/11, 4:36 AM

    I love this space. I don't think I could freely discuss fucked-up fauxgressive white people shit anywhere else!

    My favourite privilege-blind White girl defence (as in, I've never seen/heard a WOC even attempt this) would have to be accusations that the "hater" was jealous of the good looks of the Defensive White Girl.

    This defence is always followed by an assertion that Pretty (White) Girls are picked on and horribly discriminated against, and they can never catch a break with all the envious homely women around.

    One example: Pretty White (straight) Girl TV Star fucks up in the area of LGBTQIA issues. Privilege-blind White girl defenders allege that those criticising and discussing PWSGTS's fuck-up are just going after the pretty girl because she's pretty. No other possible explanation.

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  13. @ Nitcthommi

    That's one thing that irks me to no end...

    Melanin rich women's looks tend to age so gracefully. Whereas white women's looks (generally speaking, between 35 and 40) begin to crack and dry up faster than a piece of sponge cake on hot asphault. Which as a result, they have to permanently engage in manufacturing their looks and "go plastic", to look AS good as the women they've trained themselves to demonize.

    @ Ankh

    Sorry to derail madam, but Nicthommi's last paragraph just struck a chord with me.

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  14. @Nicthommi
    I have witnessed everything you described and more. White women fighting for the right to not be responsible for their own behavior. Happens all over college campuses and from the expat blogs I read, they act even worse when they leave the country. As a black woman I already know I'm living outside the protection of the law or "polite" society. I know if I ever turn up missing only people who give a damn will be my immediate family. I practice common sense and the black women I'm friends with, we all take steps to protect each other.
    That serial killer in Cleveland had to kill more than 10 black women while on parole for rape before anyone bothered to notice. Yet these white chicks think they are the niggers of the world.

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  15. That serial killer in Cleveland had to kill more than 10 black women while on parole for rape before anyone bothered to notice. Yet these white chicks think they are the niggers of the world.

    [hands you the internet]

    Preach.

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  16. and I don't feel one iota of solidarity with them

    Preach.
    I cannot, will not. no matter what claim solidarity with them UNTIL they unpack that privilege knapsack. And no one does that willing, so until then.. I'll just shrug my shoulders and avoid them when they come calling...

    Cos they always come calling when they need numbers, bodies, people to absorb the police brutality on the scene cos you know...
    'oh black women are oh so strong'.

    Heck no. Those days are gone.

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  17. I have so much to say but this is not the site for that so I will refrain.

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