I am a proud and unashamed feminist among many other things…
I remember when I ‘discovered’ feminism. And soon I was enthralled, it was everything I felt so alone on among my peers and it led me down the path of… Struggling. Struggling to make a difference, and taking the world’s problems as my responsibility to fix in whatever way I can manage.
This wasn’t BS feminism that gets portrayed as hateful and full of vengeance that I had heard, and even one point joked about.
This was the type of feminism that is guided by love, compassion, and empathy for every other creature. That’s it, nothing more nothing less. It doesn’t need defining parameters, everyone is equally deserving. That means MY fight is not over as a human, until everyone else’s fights are won and we are finally living as intended.
The type of feminism that means it is my responsibility to use my white privilege to defend those that are fighting for things I as a white woman to soceity, despite my valid struggles, will never be able to understand. Because by random chance I lack melanin, and they don’t to varying degrees, thus by the beauty of nature we all look different.
You, as a white person, did absolutely nothing to “become white” and yet you benefit from that every single day of your life. Which may or may not be “your fault” but that doesn’t detract from the fact that you are privileged for no damn reason. Which is equally ridiculous as anyone else being hated (to put it lightly), and faceing far far more obstacles, because the skin color they were born with.
If you can’t swallow your damn inflated pride and acknowledge that fact, and make it your job to fight for your fellow man against a system made to destroy them, then you are actively part of the problem.
Can you walk up to the next person of color you see and tell them that things being “the way they are” is personally their fault and they should be held responsible and their children punished before even being old enough to understand the world?
That’s right, you can’t. You can claim all the things you think “prove you aren’t racist”, if you aren’t able to do that, and at the same time aren’t doing anything to change what you clearly know is wrong, then please take a seat and explain to me how you aren’t taking active part in racism.