Protected: Indigenous feminism by a white liberal passing as Native American

Very important article. We share different wounds from colonialism and different traditions but this is a crucial part of shared history which is not spoken about. h/t Lauren Chief Elk

Unsettling America

By Andrea Smith, Unsettling Ourselves

We often hear the mantra in indigenous communities that Native women aren’t feminists. Supposedly, feminism is not needed because Native women were treated with respect prior to colonization. Thus, any Native woman who calls herself a feminist is often condemned as being “white.”

However, when I started interviewing Native women organizers as part of a research project, I was surprised by how many community-based activists were describing themselves as “feminists without apology.” They were arguing that feminism is actually an indigenous concept that has been co-opted by white women.

The fact that Native societies were egalitarian 500 years ago is not stopping women from being hit or abused now. For instance, in my years of anti-violence organizing, I would hear, “We can’t worry about domestic violence; we must worry about survival issues first.” But since Native women are the women most likely to be killed…

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Dear “Old White People” – No, I don’t “work” here

I’ve had similar experiences with white folks in South Africa, white people (age 30+) with kids or not. Their tone often changes a lot when they’ve realised their mistake, not because they’re apologetic but I’d guess they look down on POCs and more so on POCs working in certain sectors. I greet store employees as I would any stranger I’m trying to speak to in a public space, these white people have often not greeted me while mistaking me for an employee! And these people have strange thinking – I’m always with a walking stick (I’m yet to see an employee of these places using one – these tend to be jobs where one walks a lot) and they’re always sighted people (who were just reading product labels on shelves).

You're Entitled To Be Wrong

PSEUDO DISCLAIMER: The following post is about the author’s retail experiences with “old white people” who have mistaken her for being a store employee. For the record, the author isn’t stating that all “old white people” assume – erroneously or otherwise –  that ‘shoppers of color’ are retail store clerks. Furthermore, the author’s blog post is not meant to disparage those hard-working individuals who are employed by retail and/or restaurant establishments. We at ‘You’re Entitled To Be Wrong’ do not discriminate against people based on age, race, sex, gender, class, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. We only have it out for those individuals who make stereotypical assumptions because they’re culturally lazy and myopic.

Shoppers carrying bags cross Broadway near Macy's in New York (Photo: Jeremy Bales-Bloomberg News, August 9, 2008) Shoppers carrying bags cross Broadway near Macy’s in New York (Photo/Jeremy Bales-Bloomberg News, August 9, 2008)

I’m not much of a shopper. The best thing to happen to me when it comes to shopping is the…

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Because I Always Thought Zines Were Some White Anarchist Shit: Thoughts on the Commodified Fuckery of Mainstream Media and the Assumptions of What’s Radical

A very important piece I found via Google Search. Author’s “What are we waiting for?” reminds me of when I spoke out on a similar issue with trusted folks, they said the anarchist quietly promoting white privilege and oppressing (me) or downplaying POCs is needed in their respective circles, they couldn’t overtly say something against him. More about this soon.

Opine Season

Chaun Webster Chaun Webster

That’s right, I said what many of us in communities of color who are aware of zines have been thinking for quite some time; it’s some white anarchist shit! Zines, for those who are not in the know, are usually an inexpensive production of print media that can be quite elegant but are often alternative of the cut, paste and copy sort.

They are often seen as a radical space for knowledge production that is subversively undermining the dominant modality of media production.  Zines and zinesters, however, rarely hear the critique of people of color (POC) communities surrounding the assumed maleness and whiteness of this form of media making. Not only is it that those organizing the conferences, at the tables, and of the class privileged positions to own mechanisms of production are too often white and male, it is furthermore that the content of those zines are…

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