Whispers of a Womanist - A Black Female Perspective
Despite the influx to which the word racism surfaces in colloquial conversations, the depth of the racism remains a mystery to many. Racism is ever-present in overt yet failed attempts to veil a systemized mind set. Below I will highlight racist moments from my week, with a description of the scenario and why this is racist. Feel free to share your own experiences in the comments [here].
- Exhibit A: White man assumes authority over the black narrative in doing the following: a. refusing to yield the floor to black Women eager to give their own account of their own collective experience and b. speaking for Ralph Ellison, namely alerting Mr. Ellison’s perspective as if he is the late Ralph Ellison himself.
- Exhibit B: A non-black person of color features examples of black self hatred to substantiate his point.
Ironically, the footage shared was the doll test where black kids were asked to choose between white and black dolls. In sharing this footage as a non black person of color, this individual, although not a black child, is also selecting a white doll.
- Exhibit C: “It’s okay.”
This is a problem because it is only “okay” if a conscious person deems it so. It is the place of no white person or non black person of color to tell a black person what is or is not acceptable. This is oppressive, insulting, and inappropriate–and should not be pardoned by any black person.
- Exhibit D: Redirecting the black conversation
A. In speaking of Sojourner Truth, but unable to do so without intertwining the white woman who documented her speech.
B. Redirecting discourse on black diasporic studies to talk about religious oppression of non-black groups
This is a problem becausewhites and non-black persons, namely many Muslims, the white LGBT community, and white women, implicitly and explicitly oppress black people, but remain adamant about claiming victim status. All groups commonly have an inability to eschew comparing struggles, and belittling the black struggle while doing so.
Tis very hard to navigate the world as a black person. But it’s perhaps more burdensome to view racism without the veil of ignorance.
The Kingdom of Heaven, where racial discrimination has no place
Orthodox Mission in Tropical Africa (& the Decolonization of Africa)
How “White” is the Orthodox Church?
Orthodox Christian Clergy Against Racism
Racism: An Orthodox Perspective
Christians and the immigration issue (& Orthodox Church of St Nicholas of Japan in Johannesburg)
Racial Identities and Racism by Mother Katherine
Grace and “the Inverted Pyramid”
The Heresy of Racism