yes to all of this.. i think it is why i’m rethiking how i identify.. womanism i discovered while in the US but truthfully.. it is not for me because i can no longer factor black men in my empowerment and liberation. in fact balck men and white supremacy, colonialism, occupation, theocracy, and a host of other issues are some of the biggest obstaclesto my libaration, empowerment… maybe i need a a new movement that will be created to free the black women. for her empowerment.. and to fight for the .libaration that all black libaration always forget. i won’t lie i think the primary reason the revolutions all floundered was because women and other marginalised people were not are not included in the struggle.. maybe i need a movement taht speaks more to me as “third wold’ GLOBAL southern woman
I feel like I should change the name of my url, and have photo of a black man as my avi.
Bet money I’d have more followers and folks in inbox aching to talk to me.
Yo when people thought I was a man on tumblr, I had people taking what I said a whole lot more seriously and I had a bunch of new followers and that was only in the space of a few days.
What I find so hilarious is that a good chunk of the “conscious” black men on Tumblr have the most mediocre blogs. Hell, mediocre is a compliment. They have never read any texts by women. They are oblivious in regards to the black patriarchy. And they spit the rhetoric from the 60’s that needs to be deconstructed.
Step ya game up.
But don’t you know they got their ankhs and egyptology knowledge in check? The worst is when you come through and try and get all “yes Queen!” on serious ish. They ain’t worth a damn and tbh annoy the hell out of me. Oh, and then they start trying to go international with their knowledge and the only person they can drop is Frantz Fanon. I’m so over it but they get a hellu’va lot of praise
Thanks brother, you are so knowledgeable on issues.
So I read this post and I laughed for about 10 mins straight XD OMG There are soooooo many men like this on Tumblr ahahahahaha Their egos are going to be all crushed XD when they read this. That ankhs part was just a stab in the chest!!! Why?? XD LMAO
As for the 60’s mindset, I dont want to fire any shot against amazing black women who did so much for us but I think that the womanist approach that consists of protecting black men no matter what against white people might partly be to blamed. They know that we unconditionally have their backs so why check for us?? This is partly why black patriarchy is never de-constructed because we have been trained for so long to stand by them no matter what against white people. And this is how people get trapped in a false sense of unity and shit. We fight their battle for them but please correct me if I am wrong, I have NEVER seen black men demonstrating the same collective support to us as we have been giving them. The revolution what conceived as patriarchal in essence since the main threat is white supremacy without acknowledging all the dynamics at play that influence and shape its impact.
This is where afrocentrism failed so hardddd. This goes as much for patriarchy as cissexism, homophobia and all different level of privileges. With times it became a dogma feeding off caricatures and stereotypes instead of challenging them.
I actually wrote this with this post of yours in mind. And I totally agree with you.
I think that womanism cannot integrate our realities as women from the global South because unlike our western counterparts, white supremacy is not lived as an immediate threat, we do not lead lives where we have to face white people everyday so in our context, the notion of unity at all cost, protecting black men despite their misogyny, is counter-intuitive and counter-productive.
There should be more talks about responsibility and accountability and me must try and centre the debate away from back and forth with white people. For instance I am very uncomfortable with the way misogyny and queerphobia in Africa is addressed here. There is a lot of hypocrisy and denial of our own responsibility in what is going on. Sure white people colonised us and brought with them a lot of toxic shit but stop pretending that we, or certain group do not totally embrace these institutions. Yeah there is poverty, yeah there are dictatorships but seriously a lot of the oppression is the fault of some group that should be held accountable for it and not solely whitey. Trigger Warning, I am about to go raw here, but the alarming rate at which African women are raped is not the making of white people!! White people are not the one raping queer African women to ‘fix’ them!! The way domestic violence is held as a cultural and traditional practice cannot just be dumped on white people. The way queer people are victimised and harassed and even their families, is not solely the making of white people. Can we deal with our internal affairs by owning up to our shit, not be tunnel-visionned by denouncing whiteness and be blinded by a fallacious notion of solidarity based on NOTHING?? Because this is what it is all about right?? This is why I am distanced myself from western-grown or centric concepts because they are almost extremely myopic when it comes to unity or making sense of ourselves in a non-reactionnary way. This foster a lot of internal impunity and allow oppression to go unchallenged We need to check ourselves too! And I refuse to fall for the cheap garbage of unity at all cost!