If I see another post using the word “privilege”… that shit irritates me. A feminist really shouldn’t to me about privilege. Ever. Fun fact: I’m a black guy. And as a black guy, historically and currently, my people go through shit.
My skin color just started the process of being considered equal in the last 50 years. Mississippi just ratified the 13th amendment THIS YEAR.
You can’t walk certain places without feeling the threat of rape? I can’t go certain places without feeling the threat of homicide.
You get discriminated in the workplace? Yeah, let’s talk about that.
Cat-calls are nowhere near as bad as racial slurs being hurled at you.
Have you been jumped because of the fact that you have a vagina? No? Hmm…
Yet the funny thing is, I don’t complain about shit. I don’t rub it in and say my problems are worse than yours. Everybody has problems. But I go about my life and do what’s right for myself and those around me. If others can make it to positions of success, then I have no excuse not to, and neither do you. Half of you on here haven’t even started working in the real world yet, and act as if you have been affected by these things. I’ve been going through racism and real discrimination since I was fucking born, and I just graduated with my B.A. But I refuse to use my color as a crutch for all my problems, because I prefer to work towards bettering myself. And you should too.
“I don’t say my problems are worse than yours.”
But he also said…
“Cat-calls are nowhere near as bad as racial slurs being hurled at you.”
Dude, you may not realize this, but some people are actually black AND a woman at the very same time! Crazy, right? Those women have said over and over again on this site that they DO experience misogyny, often specific to their race, and many of them are feminists. What would you say to them?
Racism is a terrible thing. Sexism is a terrible thing. Some people have to experience both. That’s what intersectionality is all about. Some people have to be black, a woman, and queer. Some people have to be black, a woman, queer, and disabled. It’s levels on levels. No, it’s not a competition, and you’re the only here making it into one. In a shit ton of ways, WHITE feminists are privileged over you, but to just sit here and make this post as if there aren’t women of color in feminism is ignorant as hell.
And lol @ you citing a goddamn BACHELORS DEGREE as if it’s a huge accomplishment. Nigga, it’s a BACHELORS DEGREE. Congratulations, you can now make $30,000 a year. Get in line.
Yeah I said both… I posted that list of things to illustrate how people always think their problems are bigger than others. I believe all that stuff sucks, but I don’t consider them problems in my life, which is why I said “I don’t complain about shit” right after.
Also, I am well aware that there are black feminists. The message wasn’t directed towards them. The bulk of the message was directed towards a specific person using privilege as a defense for her argument. This person happens to be a white female. Yeah, it was slightly childish for me to try and one up her by pulling a race card, but I dislike when people who claim to be activists consider themselves and their cause better than others. Read my other posts, figure out the context of what I said, and then you can say what you want. I have no obligation to make blanket statements that cover every single intersection in people’s life.
Considering that less than half of African Americans actually graduate from college, it is an accomplishment. But once again, not why I said it; It was a nod to my age. I said it because some of the people I have discussions with adopt these lofty causes that they have never experienced since they are only like 16. What does a 16 year old know about a supposed wage deficit? Nothing. They are working minimum wage with the rest of the teenagers.
I’m just going to interpret all that back tracking as “I’m sorry I was so wrong and I will try to be less wrong in the future.”