This is an excellent essay. All too often, white women claim to want support from their black, brown, and indigenous ‘friends,’ but when it comes to support for issues having to do with race/ethnicity, are quick to claim that ‘racism is over’ or, another favorite, that ‘gender has been around for a longer time,’ the implication being that too much attention is paid to issues having to do with race.
Frankly, too many white women have jumped onto the supremacist bandwagon. They have been all too eager to grab the supremacy baton even while simultaneously discussing their own oppression, passing on the benefits of white supremacy rather than acting like true allies. Asking for support for discrimination while discriminating against others is the kind of ‘let them eat cake’ hypocrisy that characterizes white supremacy at all levels, white women included.
Where white women dominate — 87% in publishing, for example — we can expect to see the same prejudices we see in every arena: mediocrity trumping actual quality due to a privileging of whiteness.
How long can we go on like this, depriving the world of value while trumpeting the ‘merits’ of whiteness, no matter how mediocre?