Thoughts On Race, Power & Feminisms: Uncaffeinated, unbothered, unpunctuated.


In many ways it’s understandable for black men to scoff at white feminisms, after all, white women’s bodies and perceived value were the noose around many a brother’s neck. It is easy to conflate white, heteropatriarchal, masculine anxiety with the “power” of white women. To look at a white woman meant lynching. To engage in forced sex–the brother being forced as property–meant lynching. To refuse sex, an affront the value of whiteness, meant lynching, general mutilation and the burning of flesh. Rest assured, they do have access to whiteness and therefore a most powerful, exacting weapon…but often, this power is situational and must be endorsed by the violence of white men, white patriarchy, white power…but always white. Thus are fundamental differences between black and white patriarchies and black and white feminisms. Black patriarchies are reactions to and imitations of white patriarchy is a reaction to white masculine anxiety which necessitates a “hyper” masculine response from black men to maintain a semblance of (white) maleness potent enough to cover the lashes of generations whips and lynchings. While white feminism can arguably be articulated–and in its birthing was nothing more than–a desire to wield power to oppress and possess equally to white men…black feminism/womanism evokes a truth, a memory and a hope–that black womyn have survived and thrived through inarticulable violences, at home, from afar and through reproductions. Black feminisms/womanisms are the inconvenient truth that America is the continual mass reaping, raping and terrorization of black womyn–yet still they risen in painful, prideful, creative, poised ways. It’s the truth…that black men across sexualities and gender performances/identities..white women…and white men benefit immensely, quietly, continually, daily—with a smile and no patience.

BQP

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. bdotharrison says:

    I have read some of your postings and I have to say, I’m very happy I came across your blog. I have that same James Baldwin quote on mine. I will be hitting that follow button and reading more of your work.

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    1. blaqueerflow says:

      This makes me smile and (black) blush! I can’t wait to check you out ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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      1. bdotharrison says:

        Mine is in the infancy stage. But I have a lot of material written. I’m just trying to release it slowly haha but I have a creative writing blog as well; I do believe it’s advertised on thatqueerblackfeminist.

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        1. blaqueerflow says:

          Let me check you out! Never read that site

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