Friday, June 13, 2008

Reason #354 - Why Black Women Reject Feminist Ideals and Politics

Salon writer, Joan Walsh called her herself defending and I think supporting Michelle Obama during this current GOP "baby mama" smear campaign by Faux news. Her article was pretty decent until she decided to interject her feminist ideals into the situation. She couldn't resist making a job at Obama and ruining any point she was trying to make for Michelle Obama.

Check this out -

"also can't help hoping that Obama supporters who denied Clinton faced sexism, but who are now outraged by the treatment of Michelle Obama, will have new insight into the dynamics of American media and politics, and new compassion for Clinton."

Now, Miss Joan, I don't recall any Obama supporters denying that Clinton faced sexism and I don't recall any Clinton supporters stepping up when racist things were said about Obama. And Michelle Obama has faced sexism from her first day on the campaign, just like Hillary Clinton, where was the outrage then?

I find it interesting that white women are thinking that Michelle Obama is now "suddenly" facing sexism because Hillary is gone now. Check out Maureen Dowd. And how about this from one, "NOW’s president, Kim Gandy, said her members would remain alert: “We’re going to keep watching because we think Michelle Obama will be the recipient of the same kind of attacks that Hillary was.”

"Will be the recipient?" Ya think? Ms. Gandy? Stuff like this is one of the many reasons that so many black women reject feminism. Black women know that when folks are hollering about sexism and sexual harassment, they are only really talking about white women. Black women know that we are only an after thought in issues like this one.

Thanks for helping prove it, Joan, Kim, and Maureen.


SheCodes June 13, 2008 at 3:01 PM  

YEP. I did an entire post on how wrong Father Pfleger was to ridicule Hillary, and know for a fact that many other bloggers did too. Clearly they aren't reading our black blogs. June 14, 2008 at 2:45 PM  

Hello Professor Tracey!

Thanks for bringing this up.

Ahem...let me repeat...

I am not a feminist.
I am not a womanist.

If anyone wants to know how I define my commitment to equality and liberation, I have ONE label to apply to myself that sums it up:

{raised fist}

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