Twitter Takes on White Privilege in Feminism

White Privilege in Feminism Called Out

The Twitter hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen started a much needed discussion

by The Root, August 14, 2013

Twitter Takes on White Privilege in Feminism

Twitter Takes on White Privilege in Feminism

Helping someone recognize their privilege is always a difficult, uncomfortable process. This is especially true for women of color, who often have to educate White women on the racial privilege they enjoy in the course of pushing against the misogyny they all face.

The trending topic #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, which trended nationally for two days on Twitter and has since spread to other social media platforms, sought to do just that. The tag was started by writer Mikki Kendall during a discussion of the downfall of "male feminist" Hugo Schwyzer, an admitted manipulator and antagonizer of women, especially women of color.

Many women were put off by the way some White feminists dove in to defend Schwyzer against the women of color he said were now bullying and attacking him. That rift is indicative of the one that has long existed in feminism: the prioritization of White women's issues and stances over those of women of color.

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