Mar 19 2008
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I tried to add comments to the site where the article was published as a registered user, but I couldn’t. I’ll try again at a later date, but here is what I would have wrote (you would have to go back to the website to know who I am referring to)
I agree that one black female, (myself, author or kirasanders) does not represent the views of all. but i agree that some black females may not sympathise with white female agenda guised as the feminist agenda.
I agree with kirasanders that sexism is more accepted in society than racism&I’ve heard Bword more often than Nword in this campaign. Generally, the Bword word is more accepted in casual conversation than the Nword. I think because of the incredibly nasty history of race in this country,we are more sensitive to the use of Nword vs.Bword. I wish there was a way to create that same sensitivity for the Bword w/out having all women past thru what black people went thru.
However, I don’t think that gender is more restrictive than race. In the US,race has historically been more restrictive. The advancement of white female civil rights, historically, has in many ways preceded that of the black person,regardless of gender (voting, use of public facilities etc.) Let’s not forget that black people,regardless of gender,have faced more acts of open aggressiveness than white females (lynchings,unfair judicial proceedings etc.) Today, white females are not over-represented in prisons or in poverty. Black males are more likely to be in prison than white females. Women make 75cents for every dollar a man makes. This is an injustice. However,the average income of a white female is almost double than that of the black man. Studies have shown that when controlling for class, blacks still seems to fare worse than whites of a similar income bracket.
Maybe for you in your day-to-day life, kirasanders, the sting of sexism is equal or sharper than racism. But this is not true on a larger scale.
I in no way want to diminish the pains associated with being a woman in the United States,but I think we do have to face the truth that white women find themselves in a greater position of privilege,on average,compared to black men. However, I do not think that this should have a bearing on the current democratic contest. Actually, I think it is irrelevant. But the record needs to be set straight for those on both sides who use that argument.
@girlintheworld-The question of whether I am a black or a woman first is a tricky for me&many others. I think I would see myself as both. I see myself as more a member of the black female sisterhood, which includes Obama,Clinton&McCain supporters. The interplay of race and gender cannot be easily untangled so as to pick one over the other. I think it’s wrong to say someone is less black because she picks Clinton, or less female because she picks Obama. Personally, as an Obama supporter,no one has yet articulated why picking Obama would be an anti-feminist. Does feminism automatically mean anti-man? No. Does pro-blackism (I made up the word) mean anti-white? No. So I don’t think I am breaching some contract of sisterhood when I vote Obama just like I don’t think that a black person who votes Clinton is a race traitor.
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