On behalf of my fellow feminists, I would like to open up nominations for the first (but definitely not last) official Oppression OlympicsTM "Special White Woman" award. I must give credit where it is due, so let me admit that I was especially inspired by fiery posts written by Nine Pearls ("White Lady Pity Party") and Aradhana D ("Sometimes I Wonder Which Planet I'm On"). Oh yeah, VanGoghGirl--my little Angela Davis look-alike daughter--is the one who showed me how to create and tweak this little picture of mine on Microsoft Paint. See Ampersand, I told you that encouraging your kids to pursue the arts pays off in the long run!
After reading these two posts, I'm really having a hard time deciding who I think has earned this award more, Heart or Chasing Moksha:
Morphing Into The Oppressor by Chasing Moksha and Morphing Into The Oppressor by Heart
(They both used the same title for their posts)
Feel free to second my nominations or contribute the names of any other people who you think might make suitable recipients for this award.
I'm attempting to make my site more disability-friendly, so in the following sentences I've written the text that's printed on the award.
In recognition of your struggles, we hereby bestow this "Special White Woman" award to our first place winner in the field of Oppression Olympics. This award entitles you to make patently absurd and bigoted remarks regarding people of color, trans-people, and people with disabilities while engaging in absolutely no self-examination. It confers upon the bearer the right to ignore their own privileged status relative to other marginalized groups whenever it is deemed convenient and provides complete and unconditional exemption from all responsibility for one's words and actions no matter how ignorant and hateful they may be.