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.
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!