Contradictions with being a Black Female Progressive
Posted on 2017-12-27
I have always thought that by default, Black women have had to be more progressive than everyone else, by way of where we stand on the social hierarchy in the U.S. (and in other Western countries).
From my observations, in the instances where non-progressive views are being portrayed by Black women— it is due to an inability to push race to the bottom of our consciousness. This is because our race and gender are intrinsically tied together. The two— in the moments that they are unable to be reconciled—are unable to compete with one another. That is because race matters.
In that, as a whole (again, in terms of my own observations), Black women are willing to accept (Black male) misogny— when it comes to things like homophobia and feminisms—because race matters. To not accept (Black male) misogny thus becomes related to continued oppression of Black males and the Black family. Both of which Black women have a stake in.
I consider myself a Black female progressive.
I take the stance that I am unwilling to sacrifice either of these three identities as separate. However, when push comes to shove—meaning when there are instances that some of these identities must be sacrificed— I am only willing to sacrifice my female-ness. I should note that this is never sacrificed in the real sense, since it is who I am (hopefully this makes sense).
My blackness and progressiveness are here to stay. Those identities are not up for debate. That is because I do not and cannot trust other women— specifically white women— to be there for black women like me at the end of the day. However, I can expect my fellow black people to be there.
I am a humanist and I am unwilling to accept “some” black people, and not all. For racial allegiance, I will not and cannot buy into (Black male) misogny which degrades Black members of the LGBTQA community. (Black male) Misogny that adheres to a strict nuclear family of which some (mainly children and women) within the family are inferior.
As a Black Female Progressive, I am also unforgiving in my understanding of politics. My core does not allow me to partake in “lesser of two evils” voting. That essentially means that I am being complicit with someone getting hurt. As a Black female progressive, to me, all people come first.
As a Black Female Progressive, oppressive views that wield real-world-ramifications which disparage particular groups of people, have no place in my political, personal, and social psyche.
On my personal blog, I have a tab entitled ‘Get Involved’ where I:
make it clear that [my personal] blog is not me retreating into myself or in to a particular niche. As a community, involved within a wider community, I always encourage everyone to get involved.
– spreading truths and learning truths.
— buy local, start local, run for office, vote for offices, reach out to your senators and your representatives. Fight for your community. Fight for a better community.
– speak out when you can. Donate to curb injustices. Donate to local international causes, not tied to big named charities and groups. Get to know others.
– make comments online, interact with others online, react and respond to news online. Don’t just view to view, get involved with the content. Share your opinions on the content. Help to inform, the content.
– talk and communicate. Don’t assume and withdraw in to yourself. We form relationships to help ourselves, don’t waste the fundamental meaning of a relationship.
And I put that there to say, that I encourage you all to get involved in your own identities. Figure out what it means to be involved in your identities. Are your identities harmful to others? This is very important and matters in this day and age.
I felt the Bern since February of 2016 and ended up voting for Stein thereafter. After Obama’s second term, I made it my choice to never participate in lesser of two evils voting. Glad to have had a Black president in the White House. Ashamed that he continued droning in the M.E. & neoliberal policies that unevenly hurt Black and Brown people the most. Sanders has his problems, which I’ve pointed out on Facebook before– namely that to him, “American” means the white working class– and will dedicate a whole blog post to later on this week / next.