Whilst you were doing other things like living your life and or doing other constructive shyt, there was a huge internet kerfuffle, wait… ugh I did not use; Kerfuffle in a sentence. I just lost both my man card and black card all in one fell swoop.
Let me have a redo. Ready? OK…
This weekend some foolishness went down between the fans of feminist icon; Ani Difranco and feminist women of color as news spread that Difranco was holding a seminar for songwriting and other progressive goodness at good ol Nottoway plantation in Louisiana. Yeah you read that right. A plantation.
Now if someone from the far right said they were holding a shindig at a real southern plantation, home of some of the most heinous acts to ever happen on this soil, none of us wold be very shocked at all. We’d all pretty much sit here like:
But this is progressive, liberal, feminist icon; Ani DiFranco we’re talking about. An absolute icon in the feminist/progressive movement for the past 20 years even. When SHE said she was throwing an event at the home of Nottoway Plantation, her clueless fans were like:
and their allies looked at Ani DiFranco’s stupid azz like:
So of course, women of colour went to the event’s facebook page and let it be known how disgusted they were with how this was yet another slap in the face from white women feminists towards their black feminist “sisters”. Apparently unbeknownst to me, there is quite the amount of strife within the feminist community in regards to white feminists dismissing the issues brought to the table by feminist women of colour and ignoring racism when it’s convenient for the whole.
But of course when the women of colour and their allies made their points about how offensive holding this event on a plantation was, they were shot down by the mainstream feminists. Then….as those with lovely privilege like to do, they explained to the angry women of colour why it wasn’t offensive and how their being offended and expressing such anger was in bad taste.
One of them in particular, Mandi, presented her points as to why women of colour shouldn’t be offended and when that didn’t work, she decided to create a fake facebook account of a Black Woman, grab some random negress foto, use the moniker;’ Laqueeta, then start speaking “black” to try and pretend to be black in order to quell the angry black people …
THIS bytch went into digital black face, folks…
THAT Bytch was like:
But to add insult to injury, when the women of colour and their allies spoke out, many of their posts were actually DELETED from the page and some of the fans went to go make their own page about the event so they didn’t have to listen to the cries of the women of colour….
because how dare they express outrage at something and interfere with the fun that the white feminists wanted to have. After all they have (not) done for black feminists…
and many other women chimed in with their digital tears at how everything was so unfair…and women of colour were making this an big deal…
I mean how inconsiderate of women of colour for being offended at this…
The interesting thing about all of this is that when black folks complain about referencing Slavery and we’re always told we need to get over it and learn to stop being so hypersensitive. Native Americans get told the saaaame thing. But soon as it’s about anyone else, we’re told to stfu and respect the atrocities and tragedies.
In the end the event was cancelled.
But man was a dirty internal war between mainstream feminists and women of colour feminists exposed…big time.
and of course… good ol privilege..
Did you follow the nonsense/spectacle over the weekend?
What say you?