I love not being white
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Black college graduate. I'll take hip-hop with my feminism, and actual books for my references. Baltimore native who doesn't give a fuck about John Waters, and refuses to ever watch the Wire. Tweets by @activist_hat
Combahee River Collective co-founder Barbara Smith’s introduction to Women’s Liberation came as a student on campus at Mount Holyoke College in 1968. Anti-war activist Mark Rudd was visiting the school and a woman traveling with him spoke about the Women’s Liberation movement. Smith, who had grown up during the hostile time of racial segregation was skeptical about the movement’s message and its target audience. “I could not figure out how that [Women’s Liberation movement] could be, given the fact that she was White,” Smith continued, “What did White women have to complain about?” From her standpoint, the relationship between Black and White had been fraught with tension throughout U.S. history. White women were considered the mistresses of the plantation , while Black women were relegated to slave labor. “It [ the movement’s message] was hard for me to grasp from my perspective, because White women were so privileged.”
After she graduated college in 1969, she saw that the playing field wasn’t even in regards to women and equal rights. “When I experienced some of the attitudes and issues that all women faced, I became interested in feminism.” Recently, some critics have heralded singer Beyoncé’s latest album as feminist statement. Smith says that she’s happy that now being called a Black feminist is often considered a compliment. In the 1970s, when she began to work in the Black feminist movement, Smith suffered backlash.
“We [Black feminists] were definitely marginalized. Anything that didn’t look like it wasn’t in support of the central politics of the male-defined Black Power movement was considered disloyal.”
In 1973, Barbara Smith’s twin sister, Beverly, was working on the staff at Ms. Magazine and had a chance encounter with one of its editors, Margaret Sloan. She was organizing the first eastern regional conference for the National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) and invited both sisters to the event. The conference called for women of color to convene in New York City and discuss issues that were being ignored by the White-dominated Women’s Liberation movement. Barbara Smith met with other Boston delegates to establish a local NBFO chapter there. The idea sounded simple, but it fell apart. “It was really difficult for NBFO to sustain a national organization with chapters with inadequate funding and staff,” Smith tells EBONY.com. And she and other Boston activists realized that their political agenda was different from the NBFO. In 1974, Smith co-founded the Combahee River Collective with her sister, Beverly, Demita Frazier, and other feminist activists.
"We [CRC] had a multi-issue perspective. It was understood that being radical was to the far left of being progressive. Plus, a number of us had experience in leftist politics and that’s one of the things that characterized the Combahee River Collective," Smith declared. The group’s name came from the heroic actions of Harriet Tubman, who solely led a campaign that freed more than 750 slaves at South Carolina’s Combahee River in 1863. The CRC’s overall mission was clear from its beginning. "We felt very strongly that we had the right to stand up and articulate a politics that looked hard at the conditions of Black women," states CRC member, Demita Frazier." @2 weeks ago with 15 notes
This is why i can’t stand meeting new people/dating:
text convo between someone that messaged me on okcupid:
2 hours later…
Later on that day…
What i finally say…
"laundry and working"
What they say…
*blocks and deletes*@2 weeks ago
|call black women ugly all day, every day, exclude them from beauty round-ups, write *scientific* articles on how theyre the ugliest women on earth:||*crickets* and/or agreement|
|call white women ugly:||omg how cruel! they have feelings! you dont know their life and what theyve been through! everyone is beautiful in their own way! beauty standards arent everything! if you have nothing nice to say, dont say anything at all!|