Compared to others, I'm a new blogger. I began in July 2006 and in that time have learned much about the online world and it's manifestations of the offline world. My blog began as a tool to sharpen my writer's voice. A year and a half later, it still serves that purpose and I am blessed to have met and befriended some of the most brilliant, passionate, and sacrificing writers and artists and media makers out there.
I want to say this now because I'm ready to begin 2008 with a new agenda, an agenda that has permanently deleted blogs, authors, and sites that do not contribute to anti-racist feminism and spend more time in reverse than a Kentucky pick-up truck. In short, I'm through with engaging - however slight - with blogs, writers, and commenters that:
- Group womyn of color together under one person's blog or opinion. Hi, we have names.
- Comment on blog wars, throw labels around like footballs, and refuse to provide info/links.
- Pretend that ignoring and allowing racism, sexism, ableism, homo/transphobia to fester like ant holes on their space is not a problem.
- Primarily centralize US feminism through the lens of pop culture.
Advocating for gender equality has been a thrilling and enraging journey. Over the past year and half, the feminist blogosphere has offered so many things to my identity but none more than division. Sadly, I feel less inclined to hope that mainstream White US feminists will find a bridge with radical womyn of color feminists. However, that has never been my focal point or any other RWOC blogger that I read.
In the thousands of posts of the Radical Women of Color Blogger Ring, that have been around for a while, that cover a billion feminist issues like sexual assault, international violence, political observations, Megan Williams, Katrina, Jena 6, Duke and Durham, the Carnival of Radical Action, Tabasco, or organizing for conference attendance, the ones that cause jittery activity are the posts that take conflict MWUSF (mainstream, White, US feminism). In mathematical reality, these particular posts occupy probably 1/2983656 of RWOC's focus. SO what gets me is how RWOC are labeled jealous, race watch dogs, and as waiting around for a chance to scream bloody blogwar.
I've had enough.
So, to all the rwoc bloggers who I love, you know who you are, stay strong, keep writing, dance and wiggle all around like you do.
And to my supporters and readers - thank you for your time, trust, and energy.
08 will bring it.