Click each privilege for a link.
reblog and add any other RELEVANT privilege checklists (as in, don’t add female privilege checklist, cause if you do, you’re a jerk)
I have to memorize all of these…
Ann Coulter on the allegations against Herman Cain and conservative blacks in general
Wow. I expected a more nuanced view from Coulter.
Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the way people often describe feminism as occurring in “waves” and associate certain individuals, ideologies, and issues with each period of time. Although I understand why this may be appealing, I think it is a huge limitation of the movement to periodize feminism in this way. All of the so-called waves simultaneously reveal change and growth, while expressing continuity, as pertinent issues during past waves are still relevant today. Rather than using this as a reason to separate and compartmentalize feminism, we should see this as a natural progression of any social movement.
To assume that certain periods of time were more important than others privileges a very specific definition of activism based on widespread media coverage, large protests, and major legislative changes such as the right to vote. This also implies that certain years were more important than others, when in reality feminism has been present during all of these time periods.
Feminist activism is about so much more than rallying and reforming legislation; it is also about breaking silences, finding and using your voice, raising consciousness, and surviving oppression. We should not keep dividing ourselves from others because of these arbitrary categories of time, when there is already so much standing in the way of our unity and solidarity, such as racism, cissexism, heterosexism, classism, and ableism.
That’s a phrase that just generally trivializes the discrimination faced by people of color. When someone says “It’s because I’m black/not-white!” or something to that affect, it generally isn’t because we’re just butthurt for whatever reason. It’s because we have strong reason to believe we are being treated a certain way due to the color of our skin. Some people will say we’re being too sensitive.
But why shouldn’t we be sensitive? After all the centuries of oppression, after all the mental conditioning that has ruined our self-esteem and torn us apart as a people, after watching the white race prosper at our ancestors’ expense, after seeing firsthand how the effects of slavery and institutionalized racism are still a heavy burden on us, and as we are still being shat on by white people in power, why the fuck shouldn’t we be sensitive???
People of color have every fucking right to be sensitive to issues of race.