[tap tap] Is this thing on?
Just kidding. I know it’s on because Anna’s been doing such a lovely job with these amazing interviews. But we here at CNW feel bad about leaving her all on her own, and have recommitted to making this a vibrat, multi-voiced blog that gives you a real sense of what goes on here behind the scenes and what we’re concerned with in the larger world.
To kick things off, I want to point everyone to WAM!mer Latoya Peterson’s powerful writing about feminism & racism over at Racialicious. There are numerous posts worth spending some real time with, but the one that I can’t shake (even though it’s over three days old, which is at least a year in blogtime), asks a very simple question: Does Feminism Have to Address Race?
The question itself breaks my heart, because it’s not a question I can imagine a feminist answering “no” to, and yet there’s ample evidence all over the feminist blogosphere lately that so many feminists do just that. To which I say: how is that possible? How can we fight for the rights of all women without addressing race when so many women are oppressed and attacked on the basis of their race?
I see more and more how naiive this question is, and I personally have begun replacing it with a couple of more practical ones: how can we help race-blind feminists see that our movement has no hope without the leadership of women of color and a meaningful committment to the work of undoing racism? And how can CNW do better at contributing to this work?