From Collision To Collaboration-From White Feminism To True Intersectionality

Yes, I am, once again, sharing Ms. Drake’s blog because what she is writing is important. There is no hope for lasting forward movement without acknowledging that too many white women (self included) weren’t paying enough attention.

Oh, you say you were? Then let me ask, “Did you know our country was still as racist as it is? Were you surprised that so few WOC participated in the Women’s March? Did you use your privilege to bring more awareness to what women of color were saying?”

No? Then please join me in the Good White Ally Recovery Program. This involves stepping out of your need to list all the ways you’ve been a good ally — basically the need to say, “not this white woman”. It involves listening to and amplifying the voices of WOC and doing so without tone policing their anger and frustration with us (as a group) coming late to the work. And most importantly, letting WOC lead.

Ms. Drake, I’m sorry. I’m listening.

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The Merriam- Webster Dictionary defines the word collision as the coming together of two or more things with such force that both or all are damaged, or their progress is severely impeded.

On the E! Entertainment Golden Globes red carpet Tarana Burke responded about the #metoo movement as she stood next to Michelle Williams, “This moment is so powerful because we’re seeing a collision of these two worlds,” Then, Burke paused and said, “Collision’s probably not the best word. A collaboration between these two worlds that people don’t usually see put together and would most likely have us pitted against each other. So, it’s really powerful to be on the red carpet tonight.”

I believe that Burke actually said the correct word when she said collision. The outcome of the November 2016 election coupled with the sexual harassment epidemic of Hollywood has caused a collision of two or more things colliding with…

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I Am NOT Writing So That You Can Feel Good

I’ve said it before and I say it again. Attention fellow White People:

If you are serious about effecting change, you need to get comfortable with discomfort. Growth doesn’t happen without it. Don’t expect POC to worry about your feelings. They are too busy fighting for their lives.

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Most anarchists believe the coming change can only come through a revolution, because the possessing class will not allow a peaceful change to take place; still we are willing to work for peace at any price, except at the price of liberty. – Lucy Parsons, orator and author once described by the Chicago Police Department as “More dangerous than a thousand rioters.”

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Black Women Do Not Exist To Save You

Yes! Yes! Yes! White women, we have GOT to do better. It doesn’t matter that you have gifts to buy and halls to deck. It doesn’t matter that you have political fatigue. Black Women have been in this fight for centuries. They will have no pity on us for being exhausted after one year of work. Stepping away from your news feed for a few days to “take a break” is the epitome of PRIVILEGE.

Yes, we should be grateful to the Black Women of Alabama for their votes. And we should show our gratitude by facing our white privilege and making sure that votes for Family Values includes values that truly do respect and protect Black lives.

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In a narrow win, Doug Jones has won the Senate race in Alabama. And by narrow, I mean less than 50,000 votes.  So, before any of us break our arm off to pat ourselves on the back, remind yourself that this was a race between a man that prosecuted the KKK for the murder of 4 Black girls in a bombing at 16th Street Baptist Church and a man that is accused of being a pedophile. And it was still a narrow win.  Let that sink in. We are that far gone in America that people considered alleged pedophile Roy Moore a viable candidate for Senate. 

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Calling the Dreamers, Creatives and those who dare to Imagine

It's been 46 years since John Lennon invited us to Imagine a world of peace, with individuals living for today and sharing the world. A world without possessions, countries or religion (things which have often provided a reason for war).  In the very first stanza he says this imagining isn't hard if you try. And … Continue reading Calling the Dreamers, Creatives and those who dare to Imagine

Time to Get Comfortable with Discomfort: A Calling-In of Other “Good Allies”

Welcome.  Welcome.  Please come in. My name is Deb and I'm a Recovering "Good Ally." By this I mean that for most of my adult life, I thought that being a white woman who didn't laugh at racist, homophobic or misogynist jokes (and depending on the situation might even say something), worked in nonprofits with … Continue reading Time to Get Comfortable with Discomfort: A Calling-In of Other “Good Allies”