I always look through the lens of intersectionality because I don’t have the choice. I am an intersectional person – AfricanAmerican, ProFeminist, LowerSocioEconomicLevel, Male, … and a lot more. I have to think about how my identities intersect because that affects how I’m treated and how I can react in turn.
For those who don’t “believe in intersectionality” or don’t “put stock in it” my response is the same for people with white skin privilege who say they “don’t talk about race”/are “colorblind”/believe “racism is over” – You have that privilege, I don’t.
Note – This is dealing with location in place as opposed to time which is a different, but related post because of course time and place intersect with each other.
I think one largely unexamined part of the intersectionality is where a person is located. There are things that can be done/said in a large cities like Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, etc. that is not considered acceptable behavior in smaller towns.
Of course it’s not as simple as all that. There are also things that can be done in other countries that can’t be done here and vice versa, I’m simply focusing on America because that’s where my experience lies.
Even within the larger cities mentioned above there are other considerations. I live in San Francisco which is largely considered one of the most liberal cities in the U.S. yet there are areas where I as a man of color do not go at certain times because I know that I will either be pulled over by police or harassed by members of the community because of my perceived threat level. These places I feel unsafe are often the richest neighborhoods in the city which are often considered by the more mainstream as the “safest” places in the city.
Intersectionality is not just the intersecting identities within ourselves but how we interact with others identities and how our identities are shaped by things around us including our locations and subsequent societal expectations of that location. We are swayable by our location in more intricate ways than people think.
I’ve spent the last hour trying to think of something to write for IBARW (Int’l Blog Against Racism Week) this year. I’m just completely stuck so I’m going to go off and do something else and hope my brain comes out of neutral. If anyone has something they’d like to see me write about just comment here. I can’t promise anything but it might, hopefully (please universe!) jiggle something loose in my head.
Posted in IBARW
By way of oyceter:
For 2008, IBARW will take place between August 4 through August 10.
If you would like to participate, here’s what to do:
1. Announce the week in your blog.
2. If you use a blogging system that allows post icons/pictures, switch your default icon to either an official IBARW icon, or one which you feel is appropriate. To get an official IBARW icon, you may modify one of yours yourself or ask someone to do so. Here’s a round up of IBARW icons.
3. Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is intersectionality.
more at IBARW3 livejournal post here
I don’t know what I’m writing yet but there will be something for IBARW3 going up this week.
A few links for the day
#1International Blog Against Racism Week 3 (IBARW3) is set to go from Aug. 4 – 10. Here’s the call for submissions:
This year’s IBARW will take place between August 4 through August 10 (although please let me know if the dates conflict with important holidays). The theme (completely optional) is “Intersectionality,” as in, the intersections of various oppressions (ex. racism + sexism, racism + ablism). Suggestions and critique welcome here.
How Can You Help?
1. I need people to help compile links to posts. Last year, there were four of us and about 500 posts; I’m hoping this year will be bigger. Each person will basically take a day, put up a post in the ibarw comm, then tag links in the IBARW del.icio.us. If there aren’t enough people to do one day/week, we’ll rotate. We’ll also keep track of requests to retag posts in case something is tagged wrong. Also, if you can read a language that isn’t English, that would also be really useful for tagging non-English posts.
2. Volunteer to make icons! Examples from last year.
3. If you’re not American by self-definition, I would really, really, really appreciate a post or posts from you, as the “international” part of IBARW is very important. Extra love and appreciation if you aren’t from an English-speaking country/nationality. Posts in non-English languages are also very welcome!
4. Spread the word!
5. Post! If you’re white and don’t want to take attention away from POC bloggers, I respect that. But if you still want to contribute without taking attention away, you can also links to posts by POC or drive traffic or search for IBARW links for the compilers.
#2 Bankuei breaks a lot of shit down in his post – Debunking White Fantasy:
Well, why is that? All these weird species either boil down to alien non-human species or white people that look a little different and act funny. In other words, neither type threatens to dislodge the white normative. (Remember, human is synonymous with white!).
When and where we do see characters of color, they’re carefully shown with heavy stereotypical markers- asian people dress and act like this, african people dress and act like this, etc., because in that way, they’re not complex and full humans and threatening to the fantasy itself
Check the post out, you won’t be sorry.
#3 Black Voices has their list of the Top 25 Black Superheroes of All Time. Of course going through the list you see a lot of stereotypes and caricatures, non-humans and very few women. That’s not Black Voices fault at all but I would have liked a little more criticism on how these heroes were often bastions of racism and dehumanization on a really large scale but I realize that’s not what the list is about. I didn’t agree with a lot of the characters on the list or their placement but I can’t disagree with their number one, who despite his problems is one of my favorite superheroes.
#4 Last for the Sci-Fi shopping geek in all of us, Best Buy is having a sale on DVD TV seasons from Fox including Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, Angel, X-Files, Dark Angel and more. Head over and shop until you’re overdrawn, it’s what I intend to do ;).
Posted in aversive racism, comics, fantasy/sci-fi, IBARW, links, People of Color, race, racism, shopping
Tagged aversive racism, comics, fantasy, fantasy/sci-fi, IBARW, links, People of Color, race, racism, shopping