brownfemipower over on Women of Color blog has a powerful post up, Rape, Duke and Women of Color, about the treatment blogger Samhita received at the hands of white commenters in a thread at Feministing. bfp says, among so many good things:
If racialized dehumanization of women of color is what happens on the internet, please please please explain to me again why it is so fucking impossible to believe that those poor little white “boys” could have done what they are accused of?
Damn straight. How true are those words.
Jay Sennett in a comment at the end of the comments section spoke what’s been on my mind for quite some time, as follows:
and does anyone else besides me wonder why predominantly white liberal/radical blogs don’t moderate their comments?
it’s like they get a free pass to let folks say shit they may want to say or are thinking or???under the guise of promoting dialogue.
this is one of the many reasons why i avoid most white feminist blogs.
Exactly! Why are the posts of racist, sexist, homophobic, classist, white supremacist haters not being moderated? Are long-ass
trainwreck comments threads, and endless displays of ignorance hits so important to you that you are willing to just blow off, ignore, the damage they cause as evidenced in posts and threads like bfp’s and nubian’s?
And while I’m at it, got the dog by the tail, going on down shit creek, but whatever, I just have to say this, a while back, there was a post on Twisty’s blog called “Yellow-Tailed Menace”. The post was about Sun Myung Moon (who was wearing yellow). In addition to being called the “yellow-tailed menace,” he was called “His yellowtailocracy.” I called it out in the thread and got blown off. Not a single person in that thread said anything, besides me– not in the thread, not later down the line, that I ever saw. And please, do not insult anyone’s intelligence by suggesting it was all about the yellow clothes. Don’t you see, when a white person uses racist language and imagery including to “blame the patriarchy,” that white person is aligning with the patriarchy which is to be blamed! Racism is a *tool* of the patriarchy. Including, again, have to say it, the racism expressed in sentiments like bb’s, where she wished people would be as upset over the use of the word “cunt” as over the (n-word). Nobody said anything in response to that. Nobody did. That is, unintentionally, I’m sure, but nevertheless, a racist thing to say, reflecting the blindness that attends white privilege. I have that same blindness. I am in no wise exempt. But unless we call one another out on our common blindness, we’re going to remain in it, and more importantly, we are not going to be trusted by women of color, are not going to be read by them, are going to be kicked to the curb so fast we’ll be, as my mother-in-law used to say, “swimmin’ in the glass.” We will definitely not be viewed as allies. Which is a huge, huge deal, at least to me. Twisty, bb, feminist, progressive bloggers, in general, have so many good things to say; why not be as sure as possible that as many people as possible will be reading! Including people of color!
My daughter, Jeyoani, and I were e-mailing about my blogs yesterday, and she wrote something like, “Moth-ive (her name for me) is always the wild card.” That is true of me, and I don’t like it most of the time because it doesn’t feel good, I feel really alone sometimes, but damnit, it’s just SO wrong for white bloggers and commenters, under the aegis of “discussion,” “debate,” “discourse,” to tolerate, without comment (or moderation in the case of bloggers), the kind of foul, destructive, hateful posts and statements which so many tolerate.
It’s just wrong. I can’t stand it anymore. I had to say so. I had to.