Description For Black Womxn
These White womxn really try us, don’t they? They walk into meetings with us, telling us they have our back, but when it’s time to show up, they cower. We must continually remind them that we aren’t just a womxn, but we’re Black too, and they just don’t get it. They can’t “understand” our experiences, so they don’t fight for us. But, oh when it’s time to show up for womxn everywhere, they expect us there in a movement we’ve never been included in. And when we express our concerns, it’s not in the right way. We haven’t coddled their White fragility to their liking. For some reason they need us to apologize for the torment we experience everyday that makes our lives the way it is and our passion show up in this world different from theirs. They really want our apology. When can we expect these treacherous White womxn to show up for us? I know I’m tired of waiting, how about you?
Description For ‘Eerbody Else
White women, this piece is to show you that you haven’t been forgotten. In fact, I dedicate this whole piece to you. Because you really think you have nothing to be sorry for, like your womxnhood is somehow a ticket out of your continual perpetuation of racism. I hope that you, most of all, understand your role in the oppression of Black womxn. I think of all the harm we experience each day from interpersonal relationships in this community, the worst comes from you. You, White women, who claim to care about us but can never speak up for us in public when it really matters. You, White women, who ask to be “called out” when you cross the line but when we do, your tears take up ALL THE SPACE. You, white women, who expect us Black womxn to apologize for our Blackness– because we came across too strong. Try admitting that you’re afraid– afraid of seeing Black womxn in control of their own destiny, without YOUR help. And after you finish reading this, pick up a tissue and stop expecting us to wipe away your White guilt. Show up for us by finding out what we need, LISTEN, and then do what we ask you to do.