A black woman says something along the lines of, “White women, you need to get your shit together. . . . . ”
(In addition to all the regular not-all-white-women nonsense)
But I see this happening the MOST often in black women's spaces.
Yes, black women have the right to say things like, “White women need to do X, Y, Z.”
NO, white women do NOT have the right to say, “Black women need to do X, Y, Z.”
Men DON'T have the right to flip this.
Members of the LGBTQ community have the right to say, “Straight, cis folks should do X, Y, Z.”
Straight cis folks don’t have the same right.
Well, for a few reasons. But, basically it all boils down to *who* has power + privilege in our society, as well as *whom* they have power over.
I have social privilege vis a vis black women.
This doesn’t mean I am a stronger person, a smarter person, or a better person than any black woman.
It does mean I live my life free of the multitudinous harms of racial discrimination & inequality.
White women ARE enforcing oppression when they make generalizations about black women.
White people, not black people, have power over the MAINTENANCE of *harmful* stereotypes throughout our society.
Because men have institutional power & privilege vis a vis women. As well as maintenance over stereotypes that HARM women
This means it doesn't make much sense for you to confront their treatment of you in a broader forum.
When such asymmetries of privilege exist within a society, the people who are *harmed* get to speak out against the group of people who are HARMING them.
“Men, you need to do X, Y, Z . . . .”
“White women, you need to do X, Y, Z. . . .”
“White people, you need to do X, Y, Z” (hence this thread).
But, until that day comes, black women have all the right in the freaking world to be like “what the fuck is up w/ white women?”
And, no, white women don’t have the right to complain about it.