When you, like Perez Hilton, equate being ‘fierce’ with black womanhood, you are not simply complimenting black women’s perceived awesome sassiness. You are saying that we are overtly strong, both emotionally and physically, which leads to us being denied the facets of femininity that white women are so easily given. This is dangerous in ways I cannot completely describe, but I’m going to try: Black women are raped more often than white women, because our ‘fierceness’ is linked to ideas of sexual promiscuity – rapists believe we ‘want it more’. When we are raped the police believes us less than white women, because our ‘fierceness’ makes them think we could have fought back if we really wanted to. When we are beaten by our partners, the same applies. When we argue with people, we are seen as immediately aggressive. If we raise our voices or get angry, it isn’t because you’ve done something stupid, it’s because we are black and we are female and our innate ‘fierceness’ makes us unreasonable and unworthy of being listened to. When we lose our children to violence, when we have to survive on food stamps and benefits, even when we go to prison, it’s all a-ok because black women are the fiercest of the fierce and so none of that is a problem and we can handle anything that’s thrown at us – and all of this has lead to a point where when we knock on a door to ask for help because our car has broken down, we are not given hugs and a cup of tea. We are shot in the face at point blank range because we are fierce, and therefore aggressive, unpredictable, and worthy of the mocking, fear and scorn that the world looks at us with.
Quote is from her good essay The ‘Fierce Black Woman’ Inside You Doesn’t Exist on Poejazzi, in response to Perez Hilton’s racist, misogynoiristic tweet “Inside every gay man is a fierce black woman!” Must read essay! Now, the very lazy response is for people to pretend like Perez is the only White gay man who has ever said this (as White privilege involves persistent attempts to individualize systemic issues as to deny accountability) or pretend that his specific awfulness (and yes, he’s awful) is the issue, not misogynoir itself which makes this is a common thing that many Black women hear every single day. I (that would be me, @thetrudz/@GradientLair) directly tweeted him too. His response to every Black woman was ignorance that got increasingly worse over time that day, including him eventually enacting Godwin’s Law.
If you notice carefully in this conversation, no one suggested that gay men do not experience homophobia or that when the conversation is about some Black women who treat gay men as “sidekicks” (which of course is wrong) is discussed, it should be discussed. So that derailment in the name of intersectionality (while of course ironically ignoring intersectionality origins) is not needed when it only happens as a gay man is being called out for misogynoir. As for the other predictable derailment, Perez having a Latina mother does not mean this is not about White supremacy, that he no longer has White-passing privilege, that his male privilege has evaporated nor means he is incapable of misogynoir and anti-Blackness. Finally, the derailment via male privilege and misogynoir—that Black women are empty and just “copying” and appropriating gay men—is not needed.
I know Perez thought this was an acceptable response to Pia’s video and she’s a Black woman but that is irrelevant. Privilege does not evaporate based on who you know that doesn’t have it.
Black women are not costumes to be worn or objects solely for consumption, period.
From Aaron Berg of Reality Unknown:
This is video from a white male not identified. Allegedly, this white male received a not wanted telemarketing call. He acts as if he is an older white female.
He joke quite a bit about wanting to visit parts of Florida that only have white people. At one point he jokes about asians being terrible drivers because they have to squint so much to see with their “slanty” eyes. There are multiple instances of racial “joking” around during this white clowning.
Are white people still practicing racism towards people of color, even while they are “joking”? Is this another form of racist tactics by white people? Many whites claim they are not racist when they “joke” around about people of color.
It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform. Even before the genuinely heroic Ramsey came along, some viewers had expressed concern that the laughter directed at people like Sweet Brown plays into the most basic stereotyping of blacks as simple-minded ramblers living in the “ghetto,” socially out of step with the rest of educated America. Black or white, seeing Clark and Dodson merely as funny instances of random poor people talking nonsense is disrespectful at best. And shushing away the question of race seems like wishful thinking.
"Jesus is My Nigger", Rap Racist Suspects in a Church Promotional Video
Racist Suspects proclaim they want to reach the youth and so they proceed to use the Racist (White Supremacist) pejorative “nigger” in the tacky video shown above.
The word “nigger” was introduced to the world by a group of people who classified themselves as “white” and who, from a historical perspective, would be considered Racists (White Supremacists). Today, when people who classify themselves as “white” gleefully take on the language of their criminal ancestors, they demonstrate yet another example why their proclamations that they had “nothing to do with the past”, “didn’t own slaves”, or “black people should get over the past” are empty and meaningless. Furthermore, just because people who have been victimized by Racism (White Supremacy) choose to use a variation of the term amongst themselves is not an excuse for the video above and incidents like it. Instead, the oppressed using degrading language for other oppressed people only shows how intense and thorough the Racist (White Supremacist) damage has been.
Racists (White Supremacists) have perfected the dehumanization process that is critical in order to dominate and victimize large numbers of people. One important aspect is name-calling. Words like nigger, coon, spic, chink, etc are all used to this effect and even better when the Victims of Racism are emotionally affected by the use of these words rather than focused on replacing the global system of Racism (White Supremacy) with Justice.
The key for Victims of Racism is to not to allow the vicious use of name-calling to derail us in our pursuit of Justice. We can use these examples to learn more about Racism (White Supremacy) which usually runs counter to what we “learned” in school. The use of this Racist (White Supremacist) language throughout white culture also helps to evidence the total dedication that Racists have to continue the global system of Racism (White Supremacy)—a system that is designed to mistreat non-white people on the basis of color (or factors related to color) in all major areas of people activity (economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war).