Note: The controversy documented here is months old. I leave this page as evidence, as reference, as a reminder. On occasion I will add relevant updates to the update page.
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I’m not a blogger. I have no wish to start a blog. The sole purpose of this page is to issue a plea to the white feminist community. I, too, am a feminist who has white privilege. I believe in our cause. I believe in the struggle for equality of all people regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc. This struggle means recognizing and fighting discrimination wherever it exists.
This is especially true when it is within our own ranks. So let’s stop burying our heads in denial. Let’s recognize the hypocrisy of claiming to fight oppression while simultaneously acting as oppressors ourselves. Listen to the words of your sisters who do not have your white privilege. Do not get angry and blame them for your faults. Instead, listen.
Because it’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to be wrong sometimes — everyone is. But it’s not okay to deny those mistakes, to refuse to change or learn from them, to insist we are perfect the way we are. In doing so, we keep the same old systems of hierarchy and oppression in place.
And isn’t that just what we criticize patriarchy for doing?