Day: January 24, 2017

The Whiteness Sheild and Femininity

If you are looking at the “whiteness shield” as a tactic to protect Black Lives Matter demonstrations (which we want to do), you are missing an important part of the equation, which is: women. The women’s march included people from all gender definitions, but the name of it said “women.” The leadership was female. The picture on the poster was female. The speakers (except Michael Moore for some reason) were female. The ubiquitous pink hats were female-coded.

Female as in: you punch like a girl. Female as in we’re still not sure it’s a great idea for women to serve in combat roles because even with powerful artillery and figher planes, we are not convinced they could injure someone. Women, we have decided, are completely unable to be threatening. It’s one of the extremely irritating things about being female. And yeah, whiteness amplifies it; to rephrase Trump, a white woman could shoot someone in the middle of 5th avenue, and observers would call it “passive aggressive.” Come on, now.

Anyway, if you want an arrest-free demonstration, whiteness ain’t gonna cut it. Whiteness didn’t stop the arrests on inauguration day, or at the Republican National Convention, or at any of the WTO protests over the years, which featured police riot gear aplenty. What you need is to code all your stuff girly AF, full-on grandma doily. It would be helpful if you could arrange for childcare.

Organize Your People

Angela Peoples, in The Root:

“53% of white women voted for Trump. That means someone you know, someone who is in close community with you, voted for Trump. You need to organize your people.” And some people said, “Oh, I’m so ashamed.” Don’t be ashamed; organize your people.