okay, I really don’t have the time to make this expansive, but this really saved my life. I had a long convo with Rookie in the comments of this article and felt disgusted but held back my angry feelings at how intersectionality just seemed like another duty to them, like fixing html. Also, I’m really angry that I was so freaking nice and unoffensive to them in the efforts of being heard and not treated as just another *hater* and it wasn’t even worth it…ugh. Then, I read this article over and I instantly recognized everything, even the quote from the John Lennon poster in the picture.
CAN YOU PLEASE RESPOND TO ME?!
I’m sorry I’m so desperate! I’m sure you will respond but I feel like I’m about to explode. I have only known one feminist my ENTIRE life, and she moved schools. Plus, her uncle was that one judge who made a racist comment(don’t remember specifics sorry) and she defended him, saying it was only a joke. I am so exhausted with white feminism and I have all these cry sobby sentimental feelings for white feminism because Tavi Gevinson introduced me to feminism and that feminism became such a large part of my identity and AGHH! I really need to talk about white feminism and how feminism has origins rooted in classism and This was originally supposed to be just an appreciation letter but please just respond to this. I’m dying. I know I could save this for later when I have more time but I really just need to talk to someone ughhhh
But don’t lose hope! Those who lose hope suffer in despair and perish. The world needs bright, inspiring, vulnerable, happy, angry, upset, lovely girls of color like you (I mean, even the name “girls of color” sounds bright and cheery and fun, like you)! As always, you need a plan in order to keep being the strong, radical, brave girl of color you are and sustain yourself. Here is a plan that you can mix and match to suit your interests:
- Have hope. Have hope that things can get better for you and your world. That there are just as many great, inspiring, kind people as there are gross and horrible people.
- Connect with other people that have hope. As you know, there are tons of people like you on the net. Write to them, talk to them, feed off of one another (in a healthy way) and bind yourselves against the struggle via the bond of friendship and camaraderie. You also be able to sniff out bullshit much more feasibly.
- Organize and contribute to the revolution. Your friends and cohorts and colleagues can gather together to fill the void that is inside all of you. Create something new. Write your own blogs, make your own zines, become your own heroines/celebrities/idols (don’t become cultleaders!), make your own podcasts, facebook pages, events, read about the people who came before you, be in solidarity with people beyond borders, and always always always always continue to love.