Why I have decided to discontinue writing in this blog: My perspective on the state of BWE and Black Feminist/Womanist spaces

Recently, I found myself in a conversation with someone I was acquainted with from the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces on my Google account. Though me and her had some discord in the past, I had moved on past it and forgave each other. But I did notice her passive aggressive taunts and subtle anger in her responses on the Google chat. It made me uneasy. However, it wasn’t until a friend of mine told me that she was basically gas-lighting and intimidating me. It dawned on me that she wasn’t someone to continue communicating with so I blocked her from my account. Hence my interaction with her  sparks the topic of the drama and mistreatment of Black women in these spaces and it intersects with the state of Black Feminism/Womanism and the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces.

Infighting and backbiting is a major problem with women, regardless of their race. As in any other space that is predominately female, there was a lot of it in the Black Feminist/Womanist and the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces I frequented. Some of these conflicts were based on a mere difference of opinion on a particular subject on the same thread. Much of these disagreements lead to arguments and fights. Unfortunately, there was a problem with group polarization and confirmation bias in the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces. I found myself walking on eggshells when it come to expressing my opinions in these spaces; I would modify or change my opinions so that I wouldn’t be attacked. If I, or any other woman, expressed any differing opinions, one would be called a racist/sexist terms such as Mammy to silence her. How is this any different from the misogynist Black men,who call Black women heauxs and hoes for disagreeing with them? There were major rumors especially untrue rumors started by other women about other women. Especially the one rumor about me not being  a Black woman, because my Facebook profile looked fishy DESPITE the fact that I posted pictures of myself and used my government name as the name on my Facebook profile. Worst of all, I didn’t even know these women but they were starting rumors about me based on what they saw on my Facebook profile. Though I am aware that all women speak about one another, it hurts to see women, who profess to be ”pro Black woman” spread false rumors about other Black women. As for the woman I blocked, she actually played an active role in perpetuating much discord in these spaces.

Originally, I friend her on Facebook while she still used her government name. At first, I enjoyed my conversations with her and I related well to her when it comes to domestic concerns with our families. But I noticed somethings that were quite odd about her. She would always delete and make another Facebook profile but under another name or alias. She also was quite immature and lacked much experience that I would have expected a woman in her mid to late twenties would have. Something about her didn’t sit right with me. Then it came out that she had back stabbed a close friend of mine and spread a rumor about her. This friend of mine blocked her. But I decided not to give up on her because I had some sympathy for her due to the issues she went through with her family. Then she started another incident where she tried to friend Aysha Bee and some of the women picked up on her constant messaging women on social media. She was ousted from many BWE and Black Feminist groups. I cut her off because I found much of her actions suspicious. I went months without contacting her until she contacted me again through messaging. This time, she was quite vindictive and was always harping about the incident where she was ousted from many of those groups. She even took out her problems on me to the point that I tried to cut her off. She was persistent and used aliases to track me down and try to apologize for her actions. I accepted all of this until I contacted a friend about it and he suggested I cut her off for good, which I did.

Along with the infighting and drama I saw in these spaces, I am also disgusted by the misogynistic, classist and respectability politics leaning aspects of these groups. I saw comments and posts, that put down single mothers,  woman from lower echelons of society and overweight women. Though I used to frequent those spaces, I never agreed with many women putting down single mothers or overweight women. In fact, I had a lot of disdain for one of the posts that they had put out about a single mother with five children and three more on the way while her boyfriend was in prison. It was disgusting to read these remarks from these women, because they don’t know the full extent of this woman’s situation. Nor have they walked in these women’s shoes. I also disagree with their rhetoric that overweight Black woman are somehow a threat or a danger to the image of Black women. Though I am not overweight myself, I believe that it is much better to actively and helpfully encourage overweight women to lose weight instead of shaming them. However, a major hurdle to much of these messages is their disdain for women of lower income or working class background. I happen to be a college student of working class background. It offended me to see so many of these BWE gurus blaming working class and poor Black women for their lack of opportunities in education, housing, employment, healthcare and the workforce. None of these women took into account that there were many policies and institutionalized racism that held back Black people’s advancement in education, healthcare and housing in society. The truth of the matter is that acknowledging the effects of structural racism will make these women to realize that it was the same White men, whom they were propelling on the pedestal as saviors, that created much of these same problems that are being discussed. I believe it is a form of cognitive dissonance. This form of cognitive dissonance in the BWE spaces is the same cognitive dissonance many Black women have when it comes to their one sided and unrequited loyalty to the Black man. Only this time, their gods and saviors are White men. I wrote about this in my post, Trading In One Form of Oppressor For Another: Why I No Longer Look at BWE sites. To add insult to injury, many of their misogynistic language towards Black women, who disagree with them is also distasteful. Names such as Mammy being flung at Black women, who disagree with them, not only reinforces White supremacist stereotypes about Black women, it also says alot about the women, who use such terms to describe other Black women. Most of all, frequenting these spaces took up much of my time and energy and distracted me from my coursework as a college student. So I deleted my Facebook profile and stay away from such spaces o focus on school and getting my life together.

What is my opinion about the state of Black Feminism/Womanism?

Black Feminism/Womanism is a different philosophy from the so called Black Woman Empowerment philosophy. Womanism is a term coined by author, Alice Walker to distinguish Black Feminism apart from mainstream feminism. Womanism is a philosophy that discusses the issues Black women face when it comes to race and gender. Black Feminism/Womanism also discusses classism, transphobia, lesbianism and other intersectional issues Black women face. Black Woman’s Empowerment is an online movement started by the likes of Khadijah Nassif, Faith Dow and Halima Anderson. The Black Woman Empowerment is an online social justice movement that discusses issues that Black women go through, but it lacks the same approach to the racism and other intersectional issues Black women face that Black Feminism/Womanism entails. Often times, there is an overlap when discerning the difference between Black Feminism/Womanism and Black Woman’s Empowerment when it is brought up in discussions on online forums. Despite the similarities between their primary focus on Black women, these philosophies are different and should’t automatically be seen as the same thing.

I believe that Black Feminism/Womanism is in a state of stagnation. There isn’t many younger generations of Black feminists coming up to replace the likes of Alice Walker, Bell Hooks and Patricia Hill Collins. The few Black feminists that I have interacted with and seen didn’t seem genuine to me nor did they really understand the intersectional oppression that came with being Black and female in this country. Honestly, I believe that Black Feminism/Womanism has lost sight of what is really important:Black women coming together to solve issues that Black women, uniquely, face in society. Instead, there is alot of back and forth bickering about transgender rights and trying to see if a particular biracial woman is ‘Black’ or not. I felt like many of the women in these spaces wanted to assimilate into White society instead of dismantling the system, itself. It isn’t much different from the Black men, who preach against the evils of White supremacy, but aims to marry White woman and assimilate into society. Often times, I felt that many Black Feminists were quite selective in the type of Black woman that they would rally behind. If one feminist didn’t like a particular Black woman, she would bash or disparage the Black woman. I even saw many of them throw other Black women under the bus for the approval of non Blacks and Black men. Worst of all, many of these women still held misogynistic sentiments and views of Black women yet they made blogs and groups dedicated to Black women. In many ways, they weren’t much different from the BWE spaces either. Worst of all, many Black Feminists and BWE women operated the same way the likes of Tommy Sotomayor and other anti Black woman haters did when it comes to anything pertaining Black women.

What is my opinion on the state of the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces?

Throughout the whole discussion, I thoughtfully discussed what I felt was wrong with these spaces. But how I really feel about the state of the so called Black Woman Empowerment is that it is in a slow rate of decline. At it’s peak, the BWE was helpful and taught Black women to get out of limited thinking, put themselves first, cut off those who aren’t beneficial to their livelihood and secure quality mates to marry and settle down with, regardless of the race of the man, in question. Sites like Muslim Bushido(I will admit, I am still quite fond of the site) were one of the primary blogs that were valuable to the Black woman’s mental and emotional health. I suspect that interracial blogger, Christelyn Kazarin helped derail the movement after she allowed commenters on her blog, Beyond Black and White, bash the founding members of the BWE Movement. Or was it the water down versions of BWE that promoted the White man as their savior? Who knows? Unfortunately, the message went from Black women, who are actually empowering themselves by making better choices to Black women propelling White man as their savior from societal ills. It was all so sickening. Even the actions of some of Breukelen Bleu’s followers led me to unsubscribe from her on Youtube, though I believe that the message behind her videos is something that Black woman should listen to. I believe the whole movement is going down a slippery slope due to the actions of the women in it and their overlooking systematic racism’s effects on Black women. At the end of the day, much of their actions will be their own undoing.

Most of all, I learned that the majority of Black American women aren’t particularly interested in forming a sisterhood. So I also learned that political correctness and identity politics doesn’t come into fruition if everyone else isn’t adhering to it. And that was the case that I saw in those spaces. Though I am completely done with the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces, I am not sure if I could really call myself a Black Feminist/Womanist anymore either. So I guess it is best to focus on elevating myself by going to classes, graduate with my degree on time and focus on building up my career. After all, there isn’t any use letting  things like this get the best of us when there is so much more to do in life.

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Should I go on? Or move on?

As I delve deeper into my studies, trying to complete my prerequisites to get into the Nursing program, I don’t always have time to write a blog post. Between school, work and hanging out with my friends, I have a lot on my plate. Though I enjoy writing about the plight of Black American women, I find myself having second thoughts about continuing on writing blog posts due to my own personal experiences in my life.

Much of my experiences in interacting with Black American women has been quite negative. From some of them disliking me right on site, to one of them wanting to beat me up despite carrying out my promise to pay her, to women in the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces attacking me for having varying opinions. There has been times where there were positive interactions with them though I rarely ever get close to befriending one. Though I am aware that Black American women aren’t a monolith, I can’t help to think that much of these experiences is making me question why I write anything related to them or wanting to better their plight in society.

From my observations, many Black American women lack the urge to protect their own self interests. I was always seeing Black American women particularly on Black Feminist spaces advocate for the needs and interests of other groups of people especially those of  Black men and transgender people. While it isn’t a bad thing to advocate for the needs of others, these groups Black American women advocate for don’t reciprocate back any of this same devotion to solving issues that affect Black American women. The unreciprocated relationship dynamic between the Black male and Black female plays a crucial role in blinding Black American women to what really matters.  These women along with Black women residing in other Western countries such as Great Britain have always put their own needs on the back burner to help Black men fight for their liberation from White supremacy. Yet Black men never pay any mind to any of the issues facing Black women. The so called Black Community’s patriarchal structure enables Black men’s issues to be the crucifix of ”Black issues”, which teaches Black girls and women that others matter more than they do. The patriarchal structure along with racio-misogyny in the ”Black Community” has taught Black women to put anyone and everyone else’s needs and interests ahead of their own.

Another issue I notice among Black American woman is the lack of unity, solidarity and friendship among each other. The average Black American woman would throw another Black American woman under the bus. She would see another woman that reflects her own image and put her down immediately. I know because I have experienced this. Some of the worst experiences with customer service has been with Black American women serving me. It is rare to see these women get together and find ways to protect their own interests. The only time I saw and experienced Black woman that were ”self efficient” and ”looking out for self” was in a few Black Feminist spaces and the so called Black Woman Empowerment spaces. Even then, I noticed that these women lacked any unity and solidarity, because they would bash other Black women, who happened to disagree with their sentiments. I particularly noticed this on Black Woman Empowerment spaces. This is why I no longer frequent Black Woman Empowerment spaces and cut back on frequenting Black Feminist spaces. How can a group of women say that they are for Black women yet put each other down for disagreeing with them?

I would love to see more of this:

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Unfortunately, I see more of this:

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Fixation on the male gaze and identifying with his patriarchy is another issue that disturbs me. On pro Black, pseudo conscious spaces, there are Black American women advocating for Black American men to liberate their race from White supremacy. Little do these women know, Black women will not be joining Black men in the celebration or fruits of the labor. Yet these women will continue to make excuses for Black men’s failure to lead their communities out of dysfunction and chaos. Or defend the likes of pedophiles like R Kelly in a twisted and misguided sense of racial loyalty. These same women will shame and disparage the victims of R Kelly and call them ”fast tail girls”. Or find ways to throw another one of their own under the bus to uphold failed Black patriarchal standards of racial loyalty. To them, everything is about the Black phallus and saving, protecting and uplifting the Black man. On the other side of the coin, there are so called ”swirlers”(a term given for Black men and Black women, who actively date and marry outside of their race), Black Feminists and so called Black Woman Empowerment coherents that uphold White patriarchal standards of racial nihilism. Many of these ”swirlers” and BWE coherents do actively speak out against the gender bias in the so called Black Community and speak out against Black male failures. There are excellent points that they make about Black women looking out for themselves and their own interests but fail to look at how White patriarchy plays a role in Black women’s plight. What I do dislike is their oblivious overlooking of institutionalized racism and how White supremacy marginalized Black woman’s image and put her below her racial and gender counterparts. Absolving White men of their role in Black women’s marginalization is not something that is helpful to Black women either. In fact, many of the Black Woman Empowerment spaces encouraged Black women to date and marry outside of their race to escape ”Blackistan” and the downsides of being Black in America. While I am not against interracial dating and mating, I don’t believe that interracial dating is the answer to Black women’s problems. In fact, there were even some of these women in the so called Black Woman Empowerment’s spaces aligning themselves with White Nationalist sentiments and express their support for the alt- right and Donald Trump. I realized that some of these women had these sentiments when I went back and forth with some of these women on one of Breukelen Bleu’s videos. Since I didn’t have time for such back and forth commenting on Youtube, I erased my comment and unsubscribed from Breukelen Bleu’s channel. I still watch Breukelen Bleu’s videos if I have time, but I refuse to go back and forth with some of those wacky followers of hers. From what I am seeing in those spaces, these women are trading in one form of oppressor(Black man) for another form of oppressor(White man). Fixation on the male gaze and male identification will be the death of the Black American woman if only she realizes it.

Is it impossible to have Black female friends?

No, I don’t believe it is impossible for me to attain Black American women as friends. Though the few female friends I have are Italian and Honduran respectively, I do have one Black American woman as a friend. She is multiracial and lives a few states away. She is also quite a bit older than I am as well. Though I do enjoy my non Black friends, the most personal and intimate things I discuss about my livelihood I discuss with this woman. She understands what I go through because she went through some of the same things I went  through. She also understands the crucifix and angst that comes with being a Black woman in a racist and patriarchal society. However, the majority of the Black female friends I have had tend to be of Afro Caribbean background like myself or West African background. Especially women of West African background. The reason for this is cultural and my comfort zone. I find myself having more in common with Black woman from other countries or of immigrant background because I find myself having the same values they have. I also tend to have similar cultural background and values as these women too. Only another Afro Caribbean woman can understand why my family doesn’t watch football but watches cricket instead. Or why I drink coconut water, like mango and Plantain. My Honduran friend does understand such cultural values but she isn’t Black. Many Black woman, whose lineage and ancestry from the Caribbean and Africa, which understand how it is like to try to fit into American society.

Though I expressed my feelings about my negative interactions with many Black American women, I don’t believe that Black American women aren’t able to be redeemed. The reason why I write about the plight of Black American women is because what happens to them affects me, other Black American women and Black women from all around the world. Sometimes the cattiness I am seeing among Black American women makes me wonder if I should still keep on writing my blog posts. Or even express my concern for the Black American female collective. Only time will tell if I will stop writing in this blog or continue on.

Did the National Women’s March call for ‘Pussy Power’ harm Penis havers?

In the light of the Women’s March, there was a few issues that many women felt was overlooked. One of them had to do with intersectionality of race while the other had to do with leaving certain women out. According to one of GenderTrender’s recent posts, many trans women complained on Twitter that the Women’s March overlooked them and their plight. Though I do believe that their concerns are valid, I believe that what they are saying is actually erasing the whole point of the Women’s March.

The Women’s March was created for women of all races to protest Donald Trump’s administration’s attack on women’s reproductive rights. Many women feared that, since he promised his supporters in his campaign to defund Planned Parenthood as an adage to repeal Obamacare, he will lower their access to birth control, mammograms, and other essentials needed to sustain women’s health. Unfortunately, their fears has been confirmed when Trump signed an legislation that ended women’s access to free birth control. Though women can still find ways to access birth control, there are some women that fear losing coverage of birth control under their insurance plan. Women not being protected in the workforce or being harassed in public are other issues that affect women. Such issues are the culprit that sparked the advocacy of the Women’s March to be implemented around the country.

On the other hand, trans women do go through some of the issues that women go through with transphobia on top of it all . But their biologically genetic makeup is still male and they are socialized as males before transitioning into women. Trans women can’t possibly understand everything that natal born women go through because of genetic and biological differences between the two. Part of this is why they couldn’t fanthom why women were discussing their vaginas because most of them don’t know how it is like to have vaginas or have their vaginas controlled by the government. I believe that these tweets by trans women just shows how some of them miss the point of the Women’s March. It is unfortunate how many trans women claim to be women but express the same entitled attitudes about women’s anatomy and having access to women’s spaces that misogynistic men have.

Though I do believe that the Women’s March is a step in the right direction regarding addressing women’s reproductive rights, I do believe that many trans women should understand the repercussions of having a vagina. Especially having a vagina in a society that seeks to control it for it’s own benefit.

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Women’s March and Intersectionality

Recently, there has been some controversy sparked concerning the Women’s March concerning intersectionality. Some Black women feel that the march centered the needs and interests of middle class White women much to their own detriment. Unfortunately, the few Black women, who attended the Women’s March centered the needs and interests of slain Black men at the hands of the police much to their own detriment. Hence the problem with intersectionality surpasses the mainstream feminism and infiltrates all segment of society.

The saying, All the women are White and all the Blacks are men has always permeated societal norms. Mainstream anti racist circles normally centers the Black man’s plight while mainstream feminist circles centers White women’s plight. When people are addressing women’s issues and rights, they are indirectly speaking about White women’s interests. Unfortunately, this narrative leaves out the interests of women of color especially Black women. It has been apparent that mainstream feminism doesn’t include the livelihood of women of color particularly Black women living in Western countries like America and the UK. Much of it’s advocacy centers the livelihood of middle class, heterosexual White women, while overlooking how race and class along with gender affects the oppression of Black women. Many Black women felt that the Women’s March didn’t necessarily center their plight, despite the fact that it was a Black woman named Tamika Mallory and an Arab woman named Linda Sarsour. The lack of intersectionality in mainstream feminist spaces along with the lack of solidarity between White women and Black women leads to this painstaking division among Black women regarding the Women’s March. Worst of all, exit polls show that the majority of White women voted for Donald Trump despite his sexist rants like ”grab her by the pussy” while women of color voted for Hillary Clinton in droves. The possibility for women of color to form a sense of solidarity with White women to fight for reproductive rights and other rights concerning women. It has always been uncertain thing for Black women and other women of color to align themselves with White women when White women have and still show them that they don’t have their backs nor understand intersectionality.

Here is a video of some women at the march challenging Western Feminism:

 

From the looks of what Breukelen Bleu said in one of her recent videos, Black women also have a problem addressing intersectionality when it comes to addressing their own interests. She stated that the Black women that attended the Women’s March only addressed the lives of Black men, who lost their lives in the hands of the police but didn’t address anything in regards to Black woman’s plight. None of these women addressed the high out of wedlock birth rates among Black women, the fifty percent rate of herpes, being two point five more likely to be murdered than a White woman, that  60% of Black women are raped before age eighteen or that they bare the burden of carrying the so called Black Community on their backs. Unfortunately, Black women have been brainwashed into centering the livelihood of Black men over their own. Many of these women have internalized misogyny and believe that the Black man’s livelihood is more important than their own. Much of this plays into the patriarchal set up of the so called Black Community(which isn’t a community if you ask me), where the Black man’s liberation from White racist/patriarchal/capitalist/hegemony ensures the liberation for the whole Black race. History shows otherwise. Many Black women follow this mindset to their own detriment while their daughters are being led to the slaughter in Black residential areas across the country. Intersectionality is not only an issue White feminists have but it is also an issue that Black women have as well.

Ultimately, I believe that the premise of the Women’s March is to protest Donald Trump and his adminstration’s attack on women’s reproductive rights. Though the lack of intersectionality and lack of solidarity between White women and women of color is apparent, I believe it is important for women to stand up against patriarchal forces that seeks to undermine their bodies and womanhood.

The Women’s March and it’s Importance

Yesterday, millions of women across the country marched as a way to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration. These protests were even prevalent around the globe too. I highly applaud women for standing up for what is right. In a way, such a march is one of the predictions I made in my post about the reactions and consequences of electing Donald Trump as the leader of the free world.

 

The importance of the Women’s March highlights how women’s rights are under attack by Donald Trump’s administration. Women are voicing their dissent towards the administration and making it known that they will fight back against their rights being attack. If Donald Trump and his minions get their way, women would have less access to birth control, pap smears and healthcare and would have less opportunities in the workplace. And it is worse for Black women and other women of color, placing into the fact that other races of women deal with both racism and sexism. Buckle up your seat belts and enjoy the ride, because it will be a long ride for equality for women.

#Not My President# What Donald Trump ‘s ascendancy to the presidency means for American Black women?

Yesterday, I had just arrived at College Algebra class when I discussed Donald Trump being inaugurated with a fellow classmate. This classmate told me that she looked forward to his inauguration because she and her family voted for him because they felt his policies will protect the interest of small business owners like her father. Though I politely expressed my disdain for Donald Trump, it made me wonder how his presidency will affect Black American women residing in this country.

Since I don’t have classes or work on Fridays, I stayed home and relaxed. But I knew that he was going to be inaugurated today at 11:59 A.M.. I woke up just one hour prior to his inauguration and his speech but I was seething deep down inside. I tried to do homework but I just couldn’t concentrate. So I texted various people I knew about my concerns about a Trump presidency. Then an hour or two passed, I realized that he is already president of the United States. In fact, here is a video of his inauguration speech:

Though I am aware that I am not the only person concerned about the state of this country, I truly believe that much of the policies of the GOP will negatively affect Black women. Part of it has to do with repealing former president, Barack Obama’s key legislation, Obamacare. Repealing Obamacare and it’s key components also involve  reproductive health and women’s access to birth control, pap smears, mammograms and other health initiatives needed to help women survive. According to the National Black Woman’s Reproductive Justice Agenda Founder and Executive Director, Marcela Howell, repealing Obamacare will rise the insured rate of Black women 11% to 20%. The GOP’s defunding of Planned Parenthood will have negative implications on all women especially Black women of childbearing age like myself. Once the GOP controlled Congress votes to defund Planned Parenthood, women of lower income will have less access to birth control and other initiatives needed to actively plan their reproductive future. I will predict that rates of out of wedlock births and contacting deadly STDs such as HIV skyrocketing once more Black women have less access to birth control. Defunding Planned Parenthood will also lessen Black women’s access to having pap smears and mammograms needed to keep their health in check and detect diseases such as breast cancer. With the repealing of Obamacare and the attitudes in the Black Community regarding birth control and abortion,  it is best believe that Black women’s birth rates will increase and experience the risks of contacting STDs and dying from curable diseases.

Second of all, Donald Trump and the GOP plan on giving tax breaks to the wealthy. In fact, repealing Obamacare will create tax breaks for the wealthy. Guess who will be paying once the wealthy gets these tax breaks? The common people like myself. The taxes on the middle class to lower class will increase a people pay more in taxes. This will have an enormous impact on Black women and their families. Black women, particularly Black mothers tend to be the breadwinners of whatever household that they reside. Seventy two percent of Black children are born out of wedlock. Two thirds of Black households are led by single Black mothers, who happen to be the breadwinners. Though I don’t have any children, I do see how tax breaks for the rich can affect Black, single mothers because I was raised by one. And because I see how it would be much harder for Black mothers to make a living, pay the bills on time and have enough money to buy food and other essentials needed to survive. So I can see how such policies can negatively affect Black, single parent households.

Last but not least, Donald Trump’s administration will crack down on protesters especially Black Lives Matter protesters. I remember Trump saying at the first presidential debate that he would bring ”law and order”. ”Law and order” is code word for a militant police force cracking down on protesters, injuring them and arresting them. He even hailed Stop and Frisk as a successful legislation that curtailed the rate of crime in New York City despite evidence to the contrary. What does this have to do with Black women? Black women are disproportionately the ones risking their lives, marching and protesting for the Black Lives Matter movement. a protest movement that is based on protesting the lives of slain Black men at the hands of the police. Black women are the ones who are being sprayed with dangerous chemicals, being beaten by the police and arrested by the police. Yet no one cares if a Black woman is killed at the hands of the police. Look at the response to Korrin Gaines’ murder at the hands of the police compared to response to Alton Sterling’s murder. It is like comparing night and day. And Black women can’t afford to be seen as terrorists and public enemy #1 by this administration because Black women are already vulnerable enough. It is best that Black women let Black men fight their own battles with the White man and focus on themselves instead.

Unfortunately, Donald Trump has become president of the United States. It is best to do what one can to obstruct his policies from ever becoming implemented into law so that he wouldn’t take away many rights from various groups of people particularly Black women. From what I am seeing, the Democratic Party is still reeling from a crushing defeat in last November’s election so organizing to obstruct Trump wouldn’t be adamant. One could determine and see that his policies will be devastatingly harmful to the interests of Black women to the point that one has to do what they can to stop him.

Links to the page:

http://www.blackenterprise.com/news/politics/repealing-obamacare-will-likely-hurt-black-women-families/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2016/12/15/obamacare-repeal-results-in-tax-cuts-for-the-rich-tax-increases-and-lost-insurance-for-the-rest/#30d3d5cf69b3

http://datacenter.kidscount.org/data/tables/107-children-in-single-parent-families-by#detailed/1/any/false/573,869,36,868,867/10,11,9,12,1,185,13/432,431

http://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2016/11/09/president-trump-what-does-it-mean-for-your-tax-bill/#24e5cf334b8b

What Brexit means for Afro British women?

Last summer, news of Great Britain’s departure from the European Union became the topic of discussion. Some people applauded Britain’s decision to leave the European Union while others denounce this decision. Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union only signals the growing danger of nationalistic sentiment spreading across the world, hence it will affect non White populations residing in predominately populated nations.

Waves of nationalist and fascist sentiment has swept through Europe and  America. Such sentiment has generated beliefs that immigration of Muslims from the Middle East and other non White countries is destroying the countries populated by predominately White people. There is also a fear of globalism, a resistance to free trade, opposition to politician correctness and rampant growth of xenophobia coupled with fears of losing their political, economic and social dominance over the world. The rise of these far right, nationalist centered groups in European countries like the UK, France, Sweden and so on has led to Britain leaving the European Union. It also led to Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 election in last November. Recently, there is a Nationalist running for office in France. At the pace that we are going in, I wouldn’t be shocked if fascism and Nationalism took over all of Europe. In fact, President Obama warns about this dangerous kind of Nationalism, that is taking root in Europe and in America in this video.

 

How will Brexit affect the lives of Afro British women who live in Great Britain?

The Afro British populations only consists of 3% of the population in Great Britain. Afro British women make up about half of that percentage of those within that population. But Brexit has had a negative impact on the lives of many Afro British women. Afro British people already deal with institutionalized racism, less access to resources and more issues with health related illness but Brexit will hasten such problems. Now that Britain left the European Union, there will be less protection for Afro British women and other non White minorities on the job. According to Black Ballad‘s article, the European Union had specific rules and outlined protections in the workplace for women and minorities. Since these regulations has been removed, some Afro British women are worried that British companies that they work for might get rid of paid maternal leave. Much of this can negatively impact Afro British women because this can increase the rates of racism and discrimination on the job.

The effects of Brexit can also increase their cost of living because inflation and lost of jobs will become more prevalent. Afro British women are particularly vulnerable because many of them don’t have the same employment opportunities as their White counterparts. Often times, they are paid less due to their race and gender. Since they are paid less, it is much harder for them to pay their bills and establish themselves financially in Great Britain. In some ways, the experience of the Afro British woman does mirror their African American cousins in America despite the fact that the majority of Afro British women are descendants of recent African and Afro Caribbean immigrants.

Though I do believe that Brexit will have negative effects on Afro British women, I do believe that there is always a way to survive and go on with one’s life. I also advice Black women living in America to go on with their lives and try to do the best that they can despite political changes and upheaval. Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency is only a symptom of the larger problem in the world, which is fascism and a dangerous strike of Nationalism, that can divide, if not destroy the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Link to the page:

http://www.blackballad.co.uk/how-will-brexit-affect-black-women-and-how-do-we-feel-about-leaving-the-eu/

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/how-a-brexit-might-affect-british-women-a3261126.html

http://www.blackballad.co.uk/eu-referendum-shown-i-will-never-british/