General Thoughts on the Women’s March
Yesterday I posted this photo to Instagram and Facebook in the hopes of sharing some thoughts about the March. A lot of my thinking is steeped in critical race theory and my background is in history. I enjoy thinking about culture, history, human psychology, economics, capitalism, racism, and everything else that intersects with those topics. Here are my notes written out (because I write hella small). Many props to bell hooks and Angela Davis for guiding me when I’m lost.
No movement is perfect.
Million Man March was based on unequivocal support of patriarchy, capitalism, militarism, and imperialism. Review the mission statement and the speeches from the march to understand.
Many Black nationalists have socialized black folks to embrace a narrow-minded racial separatism and often think all whites are the enemy. They see white allies as racist, always. (Granted, with good reason)
- This thinking, while prevalent in many scenarios and times, came to the forefront most recently during the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. An influx of white women, many who’ve historically denounced black rights and liberties, showed up in solidarity to fight for the rights of women. Heavy criticism hit white women and the movement.
- This cynicism over the capacity of white people to support the anti-racist struggle is a cruel mockery of the history of civil rights.
Why deny the incredible gift of white solidarity in the fight against white supremacy and patriarchy?
Contemporary demonization of all white people by individual blacks is often an inversion of racialized self-hatred. See Huey Newton or Eldridge Cleaver.
- Blacks steeped in self-hatred cannot see the differences between a hardened white supremacist and a progressive anti-racist white person who opposed domination in all its forms. AKA the 2017 Women’s March
- To show compassion for one’s enemies, one needs strong self-love.
GRANTED, FORGIVENESS DOES NOT MEAN FORGOING ACCOUNTABILITY AND ATONEMENT!
- any whites undergoing a conversion process need to take responsibility for their inactions, and it’s okay for Blacks and others to hold those whites accountable.
- white people committing themselves to the anti-racist struggle should understand that there is no shame in assuming accountability for the collective wrong done to black people by agents of white supremacy.
- Accountability can be empowering!