Monday, February 23, 2015

An Open Letter to Patricia Arquette on dangerous well meaning intentions or what I like to call White Feminism.

Please know that what I am about to say is coming from a place of love.

Academy Awards 2015
I did not watch the Academy Awards. I did learn about your acceptance speech via social media. I then found a clip of your full acceptance speech and of your press room remarks and watched them in their entirety. When you began to speak about mothers and taxpayers and citizens and how it is time to fight for wage equality I began to cringe. Your remarks came across as narrow or superficial. I know that you meant well. I know that you were sincere. Quite frankly that is what makes your remarks so dangerous. And these are my thoughts after having heard just your acceptance speech. However, I then heard your press room conference. I was mortified at your comments. White women fall just under white men on the totem pole of oppression. If I must clarify for you, white men are at the top of said totem pole. I myself being an anti-racist feminist who is a white woman believes I have a special role to play in the reality of social justice. My role as an anti-racist feminist is to school white women such as yourself who have such privilege and such power and such access on their so called well-meaning yet highly dangerous positions on social justice; stances that ignore intersectionality and reinforce dominant norms. Yes, while you believed you were fighting for liberation you were in fact affirming the status quo on so many levels.

I know you may already be aware of the backlash against what you said. And you may be unclear as to why there is a backlash. Well let me tell you why: To stand up on your very public podium and proclaim to millions of viewers that it is now time for people of color along with the gay community to fight for equal pay for women because people like you (affluent white women) have already fought for them as though these communities are even close to being done for fighting for their civil rights was uninformed at best. Like what does that even mean?  Have you turned on the news lately? Black people are being murdered by police without consequence on almost a daily basis. And there are states presently trying to enact laws making gay marriage illegal as to erode any legislation that already stated they have the right.  While you fight for wage equality at the million dollar mark, there are millions of WOC who are fighting just to find a job at all. Because when jobs get sparse guess who are the first to get laid off? And when the jobs start to come back guess who are the last to get hired?

Your well meaning-ness is dangerous. It reinforces the United States ruling class capitalist narrative that divides people instead of bringing them together. You chastised two communities that are highly targeted by FATAL oppression and discrimination as though they are slacking in their social justice game even though they are probably two of the biggest targets outside of indigenous Americans.

It is my hope that you will read more, listen more and learn more about the social justice movement and all it's intersections so that you may refine and inform your position in such a way that you are an ally who is beneficial and not detrimental. Your power and access to a platform that reaches so many makes you a crucial factor. 

As always coming from a loving place.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Collective trauma coupled with enabled revenge

Watching Voices of Auschwitz seriously schools me on the collective trauma experienced by German Jews. Couple this trauma with their acceptance and indoctrination into global white privilege/white supremacy it is very easy to see how the current state of Israel has turned into the very entity that murdered their people. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

American Capitalism: It's quite blatant. A facebook comment.

It's not wild. It's quite blatant. To deny that the marketplace is not saturated with immorality is to be a liar. All one need to do is turn on their tv or radio or go to a movie and witness what is being marketed to the youth or whoever. Then when the youth (or other impressionables) consume and regurgitate that which is being shoved down their throats by the capitalist sector: extreme consumption of whatever, most specifically sex, food, drugs (both legal and prescribed) and violence (both condoned and condemned) along with an overall higher context of superficiality and instant gratification they are then met by a prison industrial complex (yet another capitalist organization) aka the legal system which is there to fine them and incarcerate and make them unhireable most specifically if they are poor or colored (because these are the easiest targets.) I don't need to be sympathetic nor a target of this kind of system in order to see it. Although we are all targets at some level. All I need to be is aware. It's a business tactic. People engage in these types of strategies in the board room all the time. Create a product, create a demand, lobby the politicians to serve you up the best marketplace possible with the least amount of restriction and what you have is American capitalism, manifested in such a way that ANYTHING can be commodified. Considering that most of the worlds marketplace is controlled by an extremely small percentage of families there is a finger to be pointed. It IS a system. That is how communities function. United States culture has been commodified and instead of the people coming together to say hold on this is not what we want, we are divided by the very things that the capitalist sector (or ruling class) has made up and sold to us. It's not a theory. Its not a conspiracy. It's what the ruling class is doing to our world and to the people. And this is what our generation needs to talk about.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

More video of cops killing POC

Watching the video of these pussy ass police shooting civilians makes me so sick. As this progresses the police will only become more scared and more trigger ready because they are acutely aware that civilians can and will begin to defend themselves by any means necessary. I blame capitalists in general who have created a culture for which violence and immorality is peddled to the youth especially and the greater public in general as trendy and fashionable and then in the same moment used against us to further make money off our incarceration when we engage and act out their capitalist offerings.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I have two Black sons.

I have two Black sons. Two black sons that I lay awake all night worrying about. I worry about where to live. I worry about where to send them to school. I worry about what college they will choose. I worry about where they will raise their own family. I worry about when they reach driving age. I worry about when they will be old enough to walk alone to school and to friends houses.

I worry about when they will reach a certain height and the police will really start to perceive them as a serious threat. I contemplate where to "hide" them so they can grow up and live and breathe without being slaughtered by ignorant and fearful white police or be taken under by senseless street violence. I worry about what the impact of knowing they are targets will have on their psyche and self esteem. I worry that when I try to empower them I am actually degrading them.

I worry that someone will try to harm them because the media has deemed them expendable for real and for ratings. I worry that they will actually digest my revolutionary rhetoric and willingly be a target for justice because they are fed up and they are righteous. I worry that they will have to worry like this once they become parents.

I lay awake angry that white people with white children do very little to express solidarity with black families. I am angry that white parents do not say out loud and often and to other white families that the killing of black and brown youth is a direct reflection of the way that society views black and brown people in general and therefore a reflection of themselves. I am angry that white families don't have the guts to address white supremacy. I am angry that young black people have to take to the streets and smash on their own communities in order for white families to notice and that those white families will just use it as an excuse to continue to stereotype them. I am tired of being paralyzed.

Because I have black sons I now understand and empathize with the paralyzing fear that the black community has overcome for centuries in this nation in order to breathe another day, to be happy anyways, to strive despite and the reason why they would have to break down their own homes and establishments to make a point. That's not ignorance. That's desperation. That's selflessness. Even if outsiders or community members don't understand. That's saying that "I will give up my freedom, my life, my home so that others will see that it is that serious" and yet white families will still try to label it as something else. They will still hide from being truthful. They will still blame the victims. They will carry on with their own lives without taking any responsibility for their passive participation in immorality. They will purposefully fail to acknowledge the plight of black and brown youth because they are too scared to be honest with themselves. They will delete me as their Facebook friend. They will talk about me behind my back. They will remain the oppressor. And I will stay awake worrying that eventually one of them harm my child.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Apologists are enablers: I don't celebrate governments

I don't celebrate governments. I celebrate people. I don't apologize for socio-economic political systems that kill people by saying "nothing is perfect." I apologize for not doing enough to dismantle it more quickly. It's really not an "oh well nothing is perfect" kind of thing for people who have to worry about being shot by law enforcement when they are doing nothing wrong. It's not just a "well nothing is perfect" kind of happening when SCOTUS wants to deny women access to birth control and leave our clinics unprotected. And that's just the shit they are doing here. The thing is, our "nothing is ever perfect" government is killing MILLIONS of people in the name of capitalism. It's not a blessing to be free in a nation that goes out and kills others across the globe. It's a duty to make sure you use any level of freedom you have to dismantle and undermine that system. 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Do your part white parents.

White parents please tell your white sons and daughters about Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Andy Lopez and any and all young or old people of color killed by white people and white police. Yes white parents burden your sons and daughters with these issues and tell them how they can live a life that purposefully seeks to dismantle a racist socio-economic governing system known as white supremacy. Yes white parents enlighten your white children to their unearned privilege early and often. Remind them to be vigilant in regard to refusing to participate in the proliferation of the fatal killing machine of white supremacy disguised as United States capitalism. Black and brown parents have had to burden their children for hundreds of years with the reality that they are considered expendable and are targets in a system designed to eradicate anything other than white or not complying with white supremacy.
White parents stand up and say out loud in public spaces that you do not justify, qualify or agree with white supremacy. Show your children that it is RIGHT to declare your allegiance to people and not to systems and most specifically systems that oppress other humans.

White parents teach your children about the true history of the United States. Bless them with the truth and then teach them how to go out into this world and to smash this fatal white supremacist foundation. 

Do your part white parents. There are no more excuses. This is the world we live in. You are either dismantling white supremacy or you are enabling it.