Privilege is Never Having to Say You Screwed Up

See all those retweets in my Twitter feed with the tag #solidarityisforwhitewomen? Yeah, it’s trending and I’ve been glued to it for the last day and a half or so. I see a lot of (white, upset) people wandering in and demanding to know what in the fresh hell is THIS shameless new TT. To describe the purpose of the tag, in brief: it’s about exposing the ways that mainstream (read: white-dominated) feminism excludes, marginalizes and tokenizes women of color. We could call it an airing of feminism’s dirty laundry, which is desperately needed because the laundry has been wafting toxic fumes all over the house.

The founder of the tag is Mikki Kendall, which you wouldn’t know from reading Jezebel’s rather belated coverage of the tag. For the background of this discussion, I greatly encourage you to read this Storify:  On Hugo Schwyzer, White Supremacist Feminism and Its Abuse of WOC*

(*Women of Color)

If you don’t have time, perhaps I can sum up: Hugo Schwyzer is an asshole of fractal proportions, has been ESPECIALLY destructive to WOC feminists, and high-profile white feminist writers and sites such as Jezebel supported his career and enabled his assholery up until his very public, very dramatic meltdown last Friday. Still, when you can spare a bit of time, read the Storify.

So, all that happened, and so Ms. Kendall started up the #solidarityisforwhitewomen discussion because this shit needs to be said. Earlier this evening, after more than 24 hours of the tag going nuts on Twitter, Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel FINALLY posted an article that acknowledged the discussion’s existence.

Acknowledged its existence. Not much else. Didn’t mention the founder. Didn’t dare say anything about the role Jez played in Schwyzer’s abusing WOC feminists behind the scenes. Just…listed a bunch of good Tweets. I suppose it’s better than nothing at all.