|raisedbymoogles (raisedbymoogles) wrote,|
@ 2015-06-19 11:51:00
|Current mood:||pissed off|
Re: whiteness, womanhood, and the Charleston shooting.
I tend to stay quiet about things like this*. I’ll retweet things other people have said, but in general I think that when my twitlist is talking about nine black people shot by a white racist, the last thing anyone needs to hear is how this incident makes yet another white person feel. But something the gunman** reportedly said caught ahold of my ear.
That thing was “You’re raping our women.”
Fellow white women, we need to be calling this shit out in force.
This is a laughably thin excuse for white violence against nonwhites, but it’s one that’s been thrown about for ages. See lynch mobs in the Reconstruction era. See Emmett Till. All done in the name of protecting white women’s virtue from black men. They murdered people in the cruelest ways they could think of and said it was for us. Does anyone here really believe that there was ever a point in history when black men made a point of jumping out of the bushes at virtuous, defenseless white women? Anyone? At all? Because it’s bullshit. A story made up to scare us into avoiding black men and to justify their murder. It’s as ludicrous and as destructive as the blood libel.
Let’s not kid ourselves, here. Our foremothers have found (or hell, been handed) ways to benefit from this intersection of sexism and racism, but it’s never been about protecting us so much as protecting white men’s exclusive claim to white female bodies. We’re the trophies, proof that a white patriarch has lived his life in the manner he was supposed to. Keeping black men away from us by violence or threat is about controlling our reproductive activity and about preserving men’s reputations.
I’m not trying to ‘me too!’ at POC’s suffering, to be clear. Justice needs to flow to them first: they have borne the majority share of pain from this dynamic. My uneasiness is just that - uneasiness. A feeling, compared to nine good people murdered while they were praying as an act of terrorism against a community I’m not part of.
That’s why I, and you, fellow white women, have to speak against this. We have to call bullshit on people like the shooter, at long last. Not. In. My. Name.
Because the alternative is to continue to be complicit.
*”Things like this,” plural. Seriously, fuck this country sometimes.
**Not repeating his name.