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(3,580 posts)
Thu Feb 2, 2017, 02:16 PM Feb 2017

My conversation re: white women & activism

Since the march, women in my area are fired up & already having an impact with their activism. Small groups are forming & learning the ropes of protest. I will say from the start I support & join these women. But
Several white women are talking about bringing black women, Muslims, young people into the fold. I find this frustrating & increasingly feel it necessary to confront this idea to bring people to us. One of the most inspiring themes of the march was the intersectionality of where we find ourselves. I have spoken in my group that we cannot miss that point. PoC, minority groups of all stripes have historically led the white majority kicking & screaming to justice. They know how to do this & are effective. I've proposed that perhaps rather than pull people into the fold we acknowledge that the movement we all are fired up over has existed before we were paying attention & maybe for some of us we should allow ourselves to be folded in.
My suggestion is while we have a movement forming around white women, I think radical change might happen if we recognize the power of intersectional protest & join existing activist movements in an area that appears to not directly seem to effect white women & let ourselves be the followers.
I've encouraged the group to be supportive of each other but step outside ourselves & not try to make this about us.

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My conversation re: white women & activism (Original Post) gwheezie Feb 2017 OP
Good post. brush Feb 2017 #1
Kick for the visibility The Polack MSgt Feb 2017 #2
I think it's important to voice that concern gwheezie Feb 2017 #3
white women need to join the 94% of black women who vote for democrats La Lioness Priyanka Feb 2017 #4
Exactly gwheezie Feb 2017 #5
K & R JHan Feb 2017 #6
K&R Uponthegears Feb 2017 #7

The Polack MSgt

(13,249 posts)
2. Kick for the visibility
Thu Feb 2, 2017, 03:35 PM
Feb 2017

I am learning how to be a protester at my ripe old age, I also hope that I'm not trying to make it about me.

Middle aged middle class white guys who want everything to be about them are the main reason the Cheeto Chancre is fucking things up right now... So nobody wants to deal with that attitude


(3,580 posts)
3. I think it's important to voice that concern
Thu Feb 2, 2017, 05:07 PM
Feb 2017

When you find yourself in a room full of people like you. Not meaning you personally but it's something I ask myself Friday I'm going to a BLM art show. I'm not an artist or black. Sunday I'm going to an interfaith gathering to protest the Muslim ban, I'm an atheist.


La Lioness Priyanka

(53,866 posts)
4. white women need to join the 94% of black women who vote for democrats
Thu Feb 2, 2017, 05:55 PM
Feb 2017

white feminists need to join POC. POC are already there.

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