Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Feminist organizers who work for the Women’s March launched a new project Sunday to dismantle and redistribute the “social and financial” power of white women.
The Confront White Womanhood project encourages white women to stop participating in the “oppression of people of color” by educating themselves about how they’ve been “accomplices” in white supremacy and “violence” against racial minorities.
“For centuries, violence has been done in the name of -- and even physically enacted by -- white women,” its mission statement says. “It is time to be accountable for the harm we cause, however unintentional it may be.”
They warn that white women are especially guilty of harming black people if they support meritocracy without making concession for the “lived realities” of black women. Or if they support “false narratives of equality.”
Together, Ellman-Golan and Childs are working alongside “whiteness” scholar Heather Marie Scholl to organize events that will help white women learn how they hurt people of color. The trio’s first event will be held in Manhattan on March 4. Tickets are $20.
“At this session, we will be focusing on the white history of feminism and white female empowerment has harmed People of Color,” the event description notes, adding that attendees will “leave with ideas of how white women can take tangible steps to interrupt our own racial biases and confront the ways we cause harm.”
Tangible strategies to help include “behavioral change” and “reparations,” which the organizers note refers to “habit of sharing financial and labor based resources ... with no expectations of outcome or credit.”
So, who's left?