My life has been getting busier and busier with thesis, work, MRI brain scans, and looking for post graduate work so I apologize for this post being late. But one always has to make a post or a rant about the injustice that is happening around the world or the misrepresentation of feminism through white feminism, in order to keep themselves sane. Three years ago when I thought about feminism all I knew of was white feminism; I didn’t know that Black feminism, global feminism, and all the other types of feminism that encompassed minorities existed. White feminism, just like the Anglo-Saxon race, is prevalent, something that easily takes over and claims ones mind or land (I’m looking at you Christopher Columbus). I have become more socially conscious and cultured by learning all about the different types of feminism, especially Black feminism. White feminism frequently tries to bury the injustice it brought upon minorities – i.e. the birth control eugenics against minorities and refusing to include Blacks and trans* women in the suffrage movement (ya, because multitasking isn’t a thing). The saying that history will repeat itself if we do not learn from it surely applies to white feminism. Since white feminists are so busy covering up their past, they do not learn that one has to acknowledge their past mistakes in order to learn from it and become more socially aware – i.e. Suffragette photo shoot (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-this-suffragette-photoshoot-needs-to-be-called-out_5612b2e0e4b0dd85030cbfd0 and http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/07/ripping-meryl-streep-to-shreds-over-a-t-shirt/ ). The Washington post article is a clear example of not learning from history and therefore acting as though ignorance is bliss.
Black women cannot afford to be ignorant because death, imprisonment, and/or suffering will come from the ignorance. Not being able to recognize one’s place in a world that sees your race through darkly colored lenses is dangerous because your innocent actions, your inaction, your life becomes a crime that is harshly judged. Melissa Harris-Perry highlights the issue well in “Sister Citizens” and so does Dionne Brand in “More Water than Flour.” Harris-Perry’s idea of the crooked room defines the lives of many Black women living in multiple countries around the world. The idea creates a lose-lose (screwed if I do/screwed if I don’t) situation. It is either you accept the idea of the leaning room (and its myths and sterotype) as your straight reality or you distort yourself in order to try to see the straightness in the leaning room. Despite your choice to either be a rebel and see the truth or a slave and fall into the false ideology presented by the world (sarcastically referring to the Suffragette photoshoot issue), just like in “More Water than Flour,” you will be stopped on the street for alleged drug possession because of your race, and no matter how much you try to present yourself as a respected woman, your color will create a template for you to be judged on. Another example of this is the judgement of Michelle Obama as the First Lady because her race makes her look like a “street walker,” “gold digger,” “monkey,” and the missing link in evolution. Black women can never win, especially if they hold a high position.