White privilege; Gay marriage (or not); and Africa as a (non)homegenous continent


This is a reference to Peggy McIntosh’s “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” where she lists as many privileges as she can think of that she gets because of her white skin.

My lack of posting a Sunday New Roundup last week led to an abundance of amazing pieces for this week. I still limited it to three, and thy actually all came from The Feminist Wire, a group whose aim is to

provide socio-political and cultural critique of anti-feminist, anti-racist and anti-imperialist politics pervasive in all forms and spaces of private and public lives of individuals globally. Of particular critical interest to us are social and political phenomena that block, negate, or limit the satisfaction of goods or ends that humans, especially the most vulnerable, minimally require for living free of structural violence.

Without further ado, I give you news to make you think:

What We Aren’t Talking About When We Talk About ‘White Privilege’

  • Folks need to have an honest, frank conversation about race;
  • We do not live in a “post-racial” or “colorblind” society;
  • When someone calls you out on your privilege, whatever it is, they’re not attacking you or thinking you’re an idiot, they’re just asking you to recognize it and think about it.

Beyond the Access Narrative: Marriage Politics, Austerity, Surveillance

  • Marriage for everyone isn’t just about access, it’s also about the government trying to police individuals;
  • Some gay folk are starting to “come out” against the idea of marriage equality;
  • The article draws parallels between the “marriage ideal” that was pushed on freed slaves after the Civil War and the current gay marriage movement.

Palm Wine! The Birth of a Movement

  • LGBTQ rights in Africa are tenuous at best – ranging from presidents who want to give the same rights to everyone to those that still want to criminalize homosexuality and punish it with death;
  • Palm Wine is an online group that allows African LGBTQ folk to share their experiences and draw strength from each other;
  • “The Palm Wine movement acknowledges the apparatus of fear at work, and we are intentionally powering through it to create the change we seek.”

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  1. Pingback: Got Privilege? | Calling Down Thunder

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