¡Que Pendeja!

May 7, 2008

This made me laugh… Bueno, it was either laugh or cry.

Amanda Marcotte
May 1, 2008 at 1:15 pm

I wish I could style myself someone too good to care about the cover of a book, but I really can’t. Whether we like it or not, imagery is effective in putting people in emotional states—same with music. I can be pretty haphazard about the pictures I put on posts, but I absolutely feel that it’s part of why this blog does well, because pictures are eye-catching and improve people’s moods.

I can’t BELIEVE that this ruca has the balls to talk about ANYBODY’S book cover after the racist pendejadas SHE tried to pass off as “irony” in her own book. When a white woman’s body [might be] depicted in a way that is potentially objectifying, she’s all over that shit– But when Seal Press puts images of Black Natives chucking spears in her book? I had NO IDEA that was racist! I’m SO sorry! I just didn’t notice!

Pathetic.

¿Sabes que, nice white feminist lady? I think you’ve lost your right to criticize anyone else’s book cover. Why don’t you be quiet and think about what you’ve done for a little while longer.

This makes my heart warm.

As people have conversations on line and off about the role of allies/ how to be an ally/ the importance of coalition and solidarity/ etc., I’m glad to see that there is a group of people that aren’t trying to work with whitey anymore– they’re just taking back what is theirs.

Fuck yes.

From UFWaction.org

Multiculturalism is a basic American concept. We value the beliefs, traditions, customs, arts, history and folklore of the diverse cultures reflected throughout our nation. All this is being put at risk in Arizona, where last week the Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to a routine homeland security bill, SB 1108 that would prohibit students at the state’s public universities and community colleges from organizing groups based on race (ie: groups such as MEChA, the Black Business Students Association, Native Americans United, etc.)

Please take action today. This bill could reach the Arizona House floor as early as this week.

According to newspaper reports, Rep. John Kavanagh, (R-Scottsdale), a supporter of the measure called these campus organizations, “‘self-defeating’ and ‘self-destructive’ for students.”

Self-defeating? Multiculturalism doesn’t limit students. It gives them pride in who they are and enhances their being fuller people by fostering the concept of America being the land of opportunity. As Cesar Chavez said, “Preservation of one’s culture doesn’t mean contempt for others.'”

These student groups are like any other school club or fraternity. They bring students together so they can achieve academic success. They offer a place to meet, make friends and support one another. Their goal is to help students succeed. For example, the members of the University of Arizona’s MEChA chapter visit high schools to encourage students to attend college. They hold events and fundraisers to spread the message that education is the key to success.

The bill goes one step further. It also would ban public schools or colleges from including race-based classes or school sponsored activities. Officially the language says it would ban any activity
“deemed contradictory to the values of American democracy or Western civilization.” However, the language is so broad, who knows what could be prohibited? Certainly Chicano studies, African-American studies & other ethnic studies programs would be put at risk.

Studies show that students who learn about their race and culture have a lower drop-out rate. In truth, if this bill passes it could cause a huge set back in our educational system.

Please take immediate action. If you live in Arizona, e-mail your representatives immediately as well as the Speaker of the House. If you live outside Arizona, please e-mail the Arizona Speaker of the House today and let him know the eyes of the nation are on Arizona.

You can see the bill here

In the final days of Bfp’s blogging-life, she renounced “feminist” as an identity—as a political affiliation—as a movement– for reasons that have since become clear. Someone (I wish I could remember who because the post is now gone and I cannot credit her) suggested the alternative “Mujerista.”

I like it.

In the past 4 years on this campus I have learned that “Feminist” with a capital F means whining that you can’t recruit WOC faculty or graduate students while simultaneously denying them tenure and critiquing their work as “lacking in theoretical rigor.” It means using WOC faculty/graduate students to advertise and promote your departmental diversity (Ha!) while failing to support those same WOC with funding. It means wearing Frida Kahlo earrings and writing about poverty in Latin America (See? I care about “them”! I DO!) without ever interacting with an ACTUAL person of color outside of the university setting. Feminism is claiming to be working class when your parents were/are university professors. It’s claiming an ethnic-Other as a grandparent or great-grandparent so that—despite your apparent whiteness—you can claim to be marginalized (See? I’m oppressed too!). It means taking knowledge from us and from our communities for self-promotion without ever giving anything back in return. Andrea Smith has something to say about this type of knowledge gathering. She compares it to sexual assault. Feminism is a privilege that I just don’t have… or want.

Don’t even get me started on what Feminism means in the blogosphere. I want no part of that either.

I’ve just read one of my student’s papers—and in my comments asked her to explain what she meant when she wrote “I am no feminist.” She’s a smart Chicana who has been denied information about her own people’s political and cultural struggles in the U.S. (via her erasure from every syllabus she’s ever had in her hand, I’m sure). She tells me that my course is overwhelming sometimes. This is the first time she’s read academic work produced by POC and she doesn’t know how to process the anger. She knows about Transnationalism but has never heard of Gloria Anzaldúa (!!). I get it. I’ve been where she is now. I remember.

I am thinking of crossing out my question and asking her is she would like to join me in the Mujerista movement instead.

Mourning

April 13, 2008

I registered this blog not to write in it– but to cultivate an online identity with which to communicate and foster community with other women of color.

I was too afraid to write. Too afraid that I was not smart enough– that I had nothing to contribute. Then, ironically, I was afraid that someone would steal my words– take my ideas and present them as their own. Paranoid, I know– except it just happened to the mujer responsible for bringing me to the world of WOC blogs.

I am mourning the loss of Bfp in a way that I was not prepared for. I needed her voice. It was like air to me and now I am suffocating. The hole this fiasco has left in my heart and in my intellectual life feels beyond repair right now. The reaction from the white blogosphere, though predictable, is no less infuriating. I want to throw up my hands. I want to shout. I want to let my inner chola out and inflict bodily harm. I am enraged.

Angry Black Woman wrote a beautiful post about how her anger does not equate to hate. She must be a far better person than I am because today, I can honestly say: “I hate.”

… and so I write. I write (and might continue to write) because I don’t know what else to do. I write because I will not let them win. i will not let them erase our voices from the conversation. I will not let them say “Well, that’s one less WOC voice we will have to worry about.” Fuck you and fuck that. I am a woman of color. I am a Chicana. I am angry. I HAVE A VOICE AND I AM HERE.

¿Y sabes que? Vale mas que no te atreves.

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