White women are not oppressed.
White women are, and always have been suppressed.
There is a world of difference in how white women in America, and the world over have lived their lives being suppressed by the white men of their race.
But, there is not a white woman alive who can truly say that she is oppressed.
ONLY WOC can truly claim that word.
Oppression involves being crushed, burdened, physically AND mentally torn apart by the abusive power of those who can wield that unjust, cruel, abusive, vicious RACIST AND SEXIST power over you.
In BOTH body and mind.
Suppression involves the putting down of a person by authority, to stop, to prohibit, to keep from them that which they would act upon if their were no taboos or prohibitions in place, which includes prohibitions of the prevailing societies norms of that time, in this case, chattel slavery:
-white women could not have sex with black men (but, white men could rape all the black women and girls they wanted like gluttonous savages)
-white women were taken out of the fields (early part of the colonial America), and put into the home [whether she was a poor white or upper-class slave holding wife]; black women were worked like beasts in the field with the black men slaves, worked as if they were BOTH a field animal and as if they were men—-black women were not accorded person hood, nor WOMANHOOD.
White women were suppressed. They do not have a history of being oppressed.
If any two groups of women in America can tell you about oppression, it is Native American women and Black American women: facing daily mass gang rapes by white males (Native American/Black American women); watching your children being butchered during so-called “Indian Wars” (NA women); watching your children that you carried for nine months close to your heart, sold away from you (Black American women); seeing your land that once stretched as far as the eye could see before the coming of the white man—seeing your whole country taken from you—piece, by piece, by piece—by theft, trickery or outright genocide.
Seeing your culture torn to shreds, your traditions scattered to the winds, your body used as a receptacle for the most basest and degrading form of male hatred ever done against two groups of women.
NA women and Black American women know of what oppression is.
White women never have.
White women share gender with Black and NA women.
And there the similarities end.
White women never have lived through the hells that Black, Native American, Asian, Latina women have suffered at the hands of racist, sexist, genocidal, imperialist white males.
White women know nothing of oppression.
Not being able to work and acquire wealth alongside the white man is nothing compared to the hells that WOC have endured in this country and this world, ever since Europeans left Europe.
And white women are the last to advocate agency, responsibility, and autonomy when the fit hits the shan.
In the 1800s they ran when WOC needed the solidarity of white women.
In the last century they ran when WOC needed for white women to stand shoulder to shoulder in true solidarity, but, white women as always thought of themselves first, and foremost.
Not white women.
Native American women
Those women truly know the real, hard, vicious hellish meaning of the word oppression.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The Oppression or Suppression of White Women
I stumbled upon a thread written over at Rachel's Tavern over a year ago (A Really Ignorant Comment–I Have No Race, No Culture, No Nationality) It's a discussion of how some people try to use their white privilege to disavow any responsibility for the way that their actions (and the system they uphold) contribute to the oppression of women of color. Overall, it's an interesting thread. There's one comment in particular that I've been thinking about ever since I read it. It had to do with some one's statement that white women are oppressed. I wish I could just link to it directly and I wish I knew some means of getting in touch with the person who wrote it but there doesn't seem to be any way to do that, so I'll just post it here for those who can't go through the entire thread just to find it.