BHM Feminism

One thing I’ve notices is I don’t see many feminists of color.

By feminist I’m not referring to the stereotype of women wanting special treatment and whining about perceived slights. I’m talking actual, equal  rights.

Black feminism became noticeably popular in the 1960s in response to lack of response to intersectionality. Intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989. It argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are inextricably bound together.  Something I agree with as it seems like they feed on each other.

Some Famous black feminists are …

Alice Walker. Author of The Color Purple, Pulitzer Prize winner, Activist with Code Pink, an anti-war group,  participant in the Gaza Freedom March, Civil Rights Movement, 1963 March on Washington, Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 2011 Gaza Flotilla, which led to accusations of antisemitism, though her fight isn’t with the Jewish religion but the acts of the Israeli government.She also coined the term Womanism a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women and other women of minority demographics.

Professor Patricia Collins First black woman to be president of the American Sociological Association(ASA) Her primary concerns is gender within the African American Community.She has authored many books, her best known is Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment,

Toni Cade Bambara a.k.a Miltona Mirkin Cade, author, professor, documentary film maker, activist. Her first book is Gorilla, My Love from there she wrote poetry, screenplays, other works of fiction, anthologies, academic papers. She also was a bog supporter of non-mainstream artists co founding Voices from the gap.  and Southern Collective of African-American Writers. She died of colon cancer in 1995 at the age of 56.

Laverne Cox best know for her roll as Sophia Burnset on Orange is the New Black. She has also been on Law and order SVU, Musical Chairs, Bored to Death, I Want to Work For Diddy, ect. She was the first black trans-person to direct and star in her own show, TRANSform Me. She speaks on trans rights and writes on current affairs for Huffington Post.

Bukola Oriola, Nigerian American journalist. She wrote Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her time as a slave.

These are just a few.  Who have you found inspiring.

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Race and Paganism

Okay, I’ve never experienced racism, that I know of. Sizeism, sexism, classism, yes. someone disgusted by me for being of European decent? No.  But I do notice it directed at other people all the time. My family is good at that even if they don’t seem to realize it.

My brother for example thinks people of African decent lack the mental capacity to do the same things white people do. An opinion shared by many in the pagan community who also appear to to think people of color are a different species.

In my opinion, since there is now way to actually prove it, I don’t think the gods care about the shade of your skin.   The mythology I’ve read appears to support that they are more interested in ones actions.  They punish people for their actions not because of melanin content, eye shape, hair texture, resistance or vulnerability to certain diseases.  God of the Bible not withstanding. (see much of the old testament)

The gods also don’t appear to have a problem with Marring or having sex outside their species. This is evidenced by people such as Heracles, Helen of Troy, Cu Chulainn, Hanuman,, Maui. They didn’t seem to mind different ethnic groups either as evidenced by Thor’s concubine Jarnsaxa, Freyr’ lover Gerdr, Skadi, about half the women Zeus slept with were titans.

Personally, I believe that if someone is drawn to a god they should learn as much about them and as long their respectful, honor them. No matter what that person looks like.

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