So Rosie O’Donnell Blocked me.
Its official – I have lost my you are blocked on twitter virginity.
I had blocked before. It was scary and tremendous. I had tweeted something about a women’s right to reproductive education, freedom and choice and someone found that objectionable.
Let’s be clear I was NOT advocating for mandatory trans vaginal ultrasounds… so I didn’t understand the vitriol that came spewing at me. I was ready to go word for word, insult for insult and I thought – I don’t give a fuck. And I blocked them.
A rite of passage.
So I was surprised that Rosie O’Donnell blocked me as I hadn’t done any of the thing that were done to me.
Boom – I was no longer a blocked on twitter virgin.
Yes, I disagreed with her and believe that like a great many white feminist, she believes that she can tell feminist of color how to think and what to say…
I tweeted that I stood with Lauren Chief Elk and other feminist of color demanding the inclusion of all women in feminist thought, discussion and representation.
[an overview of the controversy can be found
(http://www.dailydot.com/politics/rosie-odonnell-eve-ensler-twitter/ Rosie O’Donnell lashes out at feminists over ‘The Vagina Monologues’)
(https://storify.com/MikkiKendall/eve-ensler-congostigmata-and-how-to-fail-at-everyt?utm_medium=sfy.co-twitter&utm_campaign=&utm_source=t.co&awesm=sfy.co_bWR4&utm_content=storify-pingback Eve Ensler #CongoStigmata & How To Fail At Everything )
(http://www.kiskeacity.com/2013/05/open-letter-to-eve-ensler-lesson-for.html?m=1 Open Letter to Eve Ensler: A Lesson for Haitians )
( https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/there-is-no-we-v-day-indigenous-women-and-the-myth-of-shared-gender-oppression There is No “We”: V-Day, Indigenous Women and the Myth of Shared Gender Oppression )]
For me, the white privilege evoked by some feminists is as oppressive as the power and authority that Mistress Ford and Mistress Epps lauded over Eliza and Patsy in 12Years a Slave.
And don’t get it twisted, it is not just feminist who suffer from white privilege.
The white American outrage to the lack of a “white savoir” element in SELMA exemplifies how intoxicating and deluded privilege is.
‘How dare you not acknowledge how I freed, saved, helped you!’
“You want me to be thankful that you freed, saved, helped me escape, survive the racists, inhumane, obscene system which you created, used to enslave, capture, destroy me in the first place” Really?!?
Shut The Fuck Up and Sit The Fuck Down!
“sounds the fuck is still open. the fuck should be shut. Shut the fuck up or I’ll shut it for you!”
“You don’t stick a knife in a man’s back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress … No matter how much respect, no matter how much recognition, whites show towards me, as far as I am concerned, as long as it is not shown to everyone of our people in this country, it doesn’t exist for me.” ― Malcolm X.
Years ago I was the only Black student, Black person, black woman in a Women’s Studies Course At Southern Methodist University.
I listened as my professor shared the perspective of the black woman on feminism… and there were several points with which I took exception. At the appropriate time I brought these matters to the professor’s attention during the class discussion.
I was rebuffed, reprimanded and corrected.
I felt a quiet rage rise in me that would become more than familiar over the years…
“Well, forgive me. You, professor, clearly know more about being a Black woman in America, about being a Black feminist, than I do or could ever. I defer to your experience.”
The class fell quiet and my professor turned red and stuttered. I felt good. I felt a long line of Uppity Negresses and Niggras, from whom I am a descendant, support me. It was Good for me.
So Rosie BLOCKED me.
I hope it was good for her, Because it was really GOOD for ME