So I was randomly on Twitter the other day and one of the people I follow had RT’d a picture with the hashtag #StopBlackGirls2013
I cannot bring myself to download and put a picture accompanying this post, so if you are curious, you are going to have to check Twitter yourself.
The short version:
It was open season on black women on Twitter Sunday night. The tweets in the ugly trending topic compared black women’s bodies w/ animals, furniture & food. Black women’s existence was a joke. The topic trended for hours & reached the #2 trending topic spot. Post-racial America? Um, OK. [Storify]
I think that it is important to historicize, of course. American history, for the most part baffles me, but I understand at least one thing about feminism and America: that the early feminists like Elizabeth Cady Stanton fought primarily for the right to vote. And that, black women of the time had two wounds to heal: that of being a black person and that of being a woman. I point these out because they are the only things that give race a place in feminism.
Before I came across #StopBlackGirls2013, I had seen #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen (there’s a Storify post of it from August) which only made sense after I had read this interview with Mikki Kendall that started it.
#solidarityisforwhitewomen does not exist to position mainstream feminism in a better light. It exists to serve the marginalized.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) October 30, 2013
How does a movement that seeks for equality end up in these fights!?