From Hashtagging from the Margins:
"Framing the actions of women of color on Twitter as feminist consciousness-raising serves a specific purpose: to contextualize this kind of activity within feminist discourse, to make it legible to those more familiar with feminist studies and feminist studies concepts and terminology. Women of color do not need to think of their collective dialogue and activism on Twitter as “consciousness-raising” in order for it to be valuable or effective. Rather, this is a grammar that aids mainstream feminists in seeing how critiques of Black Twitter and women of color on Twitter frequently carry the same racist, exclusionary, and othering language and attention from white, mainstream feminism and predominantly white media coverage. In consciousness-raising groups of the past, women of color often felt more than simply “excluded,” as Kennedy suggests, but were silenced, dismissed, belittled, and treated with the violence of once they gained entry into consciousness-raising groups. The racism and violence rampant in consciousness-raising groups of the 2nd Wave is echoed in the reactions of many white feminists to the consciousness-raising efforts of women of color on Twitter."
Caitlin's chapter Hashtagging from the Margins: Women of Color Engaged in Feminist Consciousness-Raising on Twitter is available in the book Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking from Lexington Books.
About the text: "Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking: Blogs, Timelines, Feeds, and Community explores and critically analyzes the motivations and uses of social media by women of color. This edited collection seeks to determine how, and why, women of color make strategic use of social media as a social, professional, personal, and political tool for navigating the world. The contributors uniquely address the motivations and pathways for establishing virtual communities by, and for, women of color. Women of Color and Social Media Multitasking contributes to dialogues concerning gender, race, class, sexuality, politics, and uses of social media."
In response to the recent Jamar Clark murder at the hands of police and subsequent protests in northside Minneapolis, Facebook user Khalid Adam has provided a very helpful checklist for white people to use before they try to open they mouths and spew some racist bullshit under the guise of objectivity and concern.
A lot of right wing conservatives jumped on Twitter and other social media platforms to lambast #BlackLivesMatter and the burgeoning student protest movement that has developed at Mizzou and other universities across the country. The general consensus amongst these talking heads seems to be that "we" (the Negros and Negro lovers) should count ourselves lucky and we should "shut the hell up" because others have it far worse than we do. Is it luck to exist in a country mired in systemic racism and patriarchy? They say: "Martin Luther King would have never done this... he would have never done that...he is rolling over in his grave...you people are so ungrateful." We are not going to quote any Tweets or such from these white supremacists because that would be giving them the shine that they are aching for. Yet we'd like to return their "shut the hell ups" with a "GO HOME ROGER" or a "BYE FELICIA" and best wishes for a happy holiday season.
Black people have been forced to exist within this paradigm of suffering and misery because of white supremacy and its associated ills--it allows people to ignore that we are fully human. Yet we are multidimensional beings capable of love; joy; happiness; sorrow; anger; and regret. To forget or ignore that is to deny us our blackness and our humanity.
Franchesca Ramsey stars in this hysterical MTV sketch about the whitesplaining phenomenon that seems to be running rampant through our classes, newsfeeds, timelines and conversations with friends when the topic turns to racial matters. Favorite quote: "Silence! I have the talking stick. And I saw 12 Years a Slave."
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