Just like being a feminist isn’t just about saying, “Hey! That’s sexist!”
But what does it mean, what does it take, to be an ally to an oppressed population when you don’t belong to the oppressed group?
I don’t know, exactly, and several people who are POC will tell you just how clueless I still am, but they’re also the people I’m learning from and I’m grateful. You’ll find many of their blogs in my sidebar, as well as in my RSS reader which I read even before the Ohio blogs folder in my Bloglines account, everyday.
If you want to read about race and talk about race, then you need to learn about how it impacts people who’ve lived it their whole life and who can help you learn about allies and what allies can do. It goes way beyond, and for some people doesn’t even include, supporting Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.
A description of just some of the excellent blogs by people of color or other marginalized groups, with information when I have a personal take:
A Book Without a Cover
My co-panelist and roomie at BlogHer, Adele Nieves, writes this blog and is almost singlehandedly responsible for my watershed moments related to awakening to the enormous POC blogosphere out there, among many other revelations she’s triggered for me. I owe her a lot.
The Bilerico Project
I first got to the Bilerico Project by way of a review of WAM!2008 by Jessica Hoffman. She also wrote what some consider a seminal article about white feminists (a lot of the themes go way past my knowledge but I’m learning/I’ve learned that the content has a lot to do with something called intersectionality and I believe that that concept itself is somewhat controversial in terms of how it’s applied to feminism and racism, among other constructs).
Black Women, Blow the Trumpet
Professor Kim Pearson suggested this one on her own blog I believe.
Clueless White Woman
Written by a white woman who has sought to be an ally (and is I believe).
Liza Sabater writes this blog and is one of the most prolific and sought-after WOC bloggers from what I gather. I’ve read about a number of important incidents and opinions on her blogs first and I really enjoy the strength with which she writes.
One of my co-panelists on the BlogHer Race and Gender panel.
Diary of a Content Black Woman
I love this one.
Echidne of the Snakes
Echidne is one of the most established blogs by a WOC.
Jack and Jill Politics
JJP is a staple of many political bloggers across the spectrum and deservedly so.
This blog is written by BrownFemiPower. She is widely revered among people who blog and are active in the POC blogosphere as one of the best POC writers and bloggers. Her blog is also another from which I’ve read about incidences you’d think we’d know about but don’t and should.
Mixed Race America
Another blog I learned about by asking people I trust re: which POC blogs should I be reading.
Pam’s House Blend
Another absolute must-read, like Jack and Jill Politics. When something hits the fan – like the Michelle Obama Daily Kos lynching image, I specifically pray that one or more of these (Prof. Kim Pearson is another one, and What Tami Said or What About Our Daughters or Racialicious) have written about it. To analogize, when something happens with Jews or Israel, I don’t like or need non-Jews who want to appear or sound all empathetic to be getting enraged if it’s not something that’s enraging me. Sure – they’re entitle to their opinion, but I’m not going to be told that I should be outraged, thank you. I can figure that out on my own – and by doing some surveying of how others, far more directly affected than I am, are reacting.
Professor Kim’s News and Notes
Prof. Kim is great – is a contributing editor at BlogHer.
Another recommended to me blog that I find to be excellent.
What About Our Daughters
Gena McCauley I believe is her name – she organized or had a big hand in Blogging While Brown. Great blog.
What Tami Said
I love Tami. She’s another person to whom you’ll say, thank you for blogging.
Women Wired In
The blog of Shireen Mitchell of Digital Sistas who has a connection with our Bill Callahan.
This blog is written by one of the three co-founders of BlogHer, Elisa Camahort.
There are some excellent WOC bloggers on BlogHer who’ve been writing about race lately and the threads have some fantastic discusions. Here’s a sample (and it really is just a sample):
Last but not least, Clueless White Woman – the sister I never had. 😉
One of the things I love about BlogHer is that, because it’s such a large community and conversation is so highly valued, it is really easy to say stupid things, say that you know you might be saying something stupid and people will not come to your rescue but will say, well, yeah, – you’re right that is stupid – but here’s why and what’s going on and where to go with that.
Anyway – happy reading. I couldn’t decide whether to have a sidebar header for Women of Color or People of Color but i just really want to point out these resources and writings – they make the blogosphere so rich and especially for Ohio political bloggers, who count no people of color that I know of as part of the sphere – and if there are some, please, let us know.