Who Wants To Be a Revolutionary? Or, rather, who can be?

I was listening to Buzzfeed’s podcast Another Round and they had Crissle from the podcast “The Read” on the show as a guest. About half way through, they talked about how Crissle shut down a white man who had decided to justify a white woman wearing black face on television. It was amazing, but it also brought up a very valid point. Women of color, especially black women, are often put into the background of efforts despite their involvement, and as a result, their voices often go unheard when it pertains to social activism.

My dad’s and uncle’s protests against my blogging are a good example. Upon asking my dad why he was so concerned with my Facebook posts whereas he thought nothing of all his very enlightened Facebook posts, he says it was because he was concerned that my university might decide to retaliate and prevent me from furthering my education. While that may be fine and good, he never once critiqued Huey Newton or Stole my Carmichael for their early organization of the Black Panthers Party. He revels in their valiant. Such hypocrisy.

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In this society, being some and waking up is seen more of a masculine concept, despite the fact that in this day and age, there are just as many woke black women as there are men. Even in the Black community, women’s voices are silenced so much that the second they open their mouths they are pronounced “angry”.

The term “revolutionary” has been thrown around a lot as of late, and while on the surface “the more the merrier” sounds amazing, there lives a silent criteria. any guy of color is good so long as they have at the very least read The Autobiography of Malcolm X and felt like a badass. Please, sit down and learn something before telling me I need to calm down and that I know nothing. Women have been here for the Black community, from the Civil Rights movement, to the Black Power movement, to the Black Lives Matter movement which was actually started by women.
Women have spoken their minds and will continue to do so, so instead of worrying about them shushing up, worrying about the war that is waging and is inevitable. The sooner you do, the better we can prepare.
Women, when have you been silenced to patriarchy? Leave me a comment, let me know. Thanks for reading!

-JW

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One thought on “Who Wants To Be a Revolutionary? Or, rather, who can be?

  1. Reblogged this on The Adventures of a Pissed Off Millennial and commented:
    I’m not a woman of color, so I can’t speak towards most of your post, but I am a woman, and I’ve often been criticized for being vocal. I had an ex female friend tell me that I shouldn’t talk because I never had anything nice to say. I had a male college professor refuse to call on me in class supposedly because I was more advanced than the other students. However, he had no problem calling on my male friend who had the exact same experience (We turned it into a joke though: Danny would raise his hand, get called on, and say, “Cindy had something to say,” and I would make my point.). I had a geometry teacher get mad at me because I wouldn’t spend group time trying to teach a male student the concepts he was supposed to have studied. I got into an argument with a male student who tried to claim women were biologically pre-dispositioned to excel in housework. None of that is quite the same, but it does show how pervasive the patriarchy is.

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