there is something that has been bothering me about some of the things that were happening on the blog last week. i've left posting about it because i thought an apology from me was much more important, but i don't want to leave it unsaid.
this post is not an attack on any particular person, because i felt that there have been several people who have made this mistake, and not just in the last week. let me spell out the problem clearly: i think it's unacceptable to generically criticise all the writers of this blog (or the blog as a whole) as having white privilege. let me tell you why it's wrong: i am not white.
so when you accuse the group of having white privilege (or imply such), or being a bunch of white feminists, there are three possibilities:
1. you haven't even considered the possibility that one or more of us aren't white. that's plainly racist, regardless of what race you might be.
2. you have considered the possibility but couldn't be bothered to take the trouble to find out (by asking, for example), what is the make-up of our team here. that's still racist, but it's also lazy.
3. you actually know that not all of us are white, but you don't care, you're going to ignore that and label us anyways. that is quite plainly racist, with a huge degree of extra nastiness piled on top.
there is another aspect. if you're a white person criticising the writers of this blog (as a collective) for having white privilege, when the issue you're taking up with them doesn't even involve race, that is damaging to people of colour. what you are doing is appropriating the arguments of racism, the arguments needed by people of colour to fight institutionalised inequality, and misusing them. in effect, you devalue those arguments.
if you, as a white person, are going to accuse another white person of white privilege, please at least make sure that you are talking about issues of race. don't just use it as another tool to bludgeon people with, to try to add more weight to the thing that you are actually upset about. when you do that, you are not being an ally to people of colour. if that's not important to you, then you shouldn't be talking about white privilege at all.
now, many of the writers at this blog are white. and there are times when they may clearly show their white privilege. i'm not saying that you shouldn't point that out when it happens. i know that i will. but at least then, you will be dealing with a specific issue of racism, and you will be directing it towards the person concerned, and not randomly lashing out at everyone who writes here.
that is all.