This is a really fantastic post from What Tami Said – where she demands better from white feminist allies while also being very forgiving of our weaknesses, all at the same time. It’s very specific, it’s very helpful. It’s a great, great read.
There is nothing that annoys me more…and you can find this often on feminist blogs when the issue of race comes up…than when someone begins a comment by saying, “We’ll, I’m just a clueless white woman, but…” To this, I say…”No.” First, the constituencies of most of the popular feminist blogs prove themselves to be far from clueless on other topics. They talk of being PhDs and scientists and teachers and journalists. These are smart women. What this statement really means is, “I have the privilege of not having to educate myself on this issue, so I’m going to make a cutesy disclaimer before I speak in case I say something wildly offensive.” That’s a cop out. It’s an attempt to get around owning your mistakes. And it demeans me and you. If you think you really are “clueless,” do something about it.