- I wish a nigga would
I wish a nigga would
I wish many niggas would
- I wish a nigga would
- I wish two niggas wouldI wish a nigga wouldThings I wish for
THE FACT THAT THIS GOT NOTES
How much wood,
Would a nigga wish he would,
If a nigga wish he would wish wood?
I hate this site lmao
It bothers me when fellow Black women say that they are womanists/Black feminists “in training.” NO. You are one NOW, not “in training.” Why? Because you said you are, because we have the legacy to be so, because it was heavily built on our backs, because many of us regularly do more for fellow women (and our communities as we do not have the luxury of single issue feminism solely about gender) than some of these mainstream corporate professional feminists with their columns, symposiums, TED Talks, fellowships, PhDs, national platforms, retreats and pats on the head from patriarchal White men after abuse of non cis White feminists.
You are one NOW. I am not “more” of a womanist than you are because I am older or write more or have had more time to do community work or have more formal education than you do or own more books or read more or get more attention (that I don’t even want). Too many have emailed me suggesting this, almost placing me in “role model” status. I don’t do role model status.
You LIVE the things people “theorize” and “debate” in the mainstream. So this isn’t about choosing what label or what anymore, though I do believe a politics of social location and identity matters. I’m specifically speaking to the Black women who I’ve talked to in the last couple of years who are terrified of not knowing everything so they tip toe around “feminism” not realizing the wealth of knowledge, experience and womanist praxis that already exists in their lives. It’s already there. You’re already living what you think you have to train to know. White women do not own feminism; most of what they say, do and consume is ours in origin.
You are a womanist or Black feminist right NOW. And everything you learn and do to expand your womanist or Black feminist praxes matters. Now. Today. Not later. Not waiting. Not in training. Right now. There is no time to “train” for our freedom. You are a feminist now. Everything you do matters. Even the mistakes. There is no point in time where 100% perfect mental decolonization will happen for you to then claim feminism like it is a credentialed award and not a way of viewing life and making life better from the smallest micro level to the macro. This does not mean ignoring the important feminist scholarship or activism involved. It simply means that those things partially would not exist without the ideas, experiences and lives that are ours so what are we waiting to “learn” before we can claim a label that would not and cannot exist without our labor?
And yes, I know that the tweet in this essay appears “generic” and that people who aren’t Black women are waiting in the wings to erase, alter the narrative, erase my audience, shrink my voice, consume what they can and all while calling themselves “allies.” They’ll demand I realize “all” this and “all” that but cannot answer why is it unacceptable for Black women to speak to each other. They’ll gaslight, derail and abuse and demand we applaud it because it’s not like it’s a fiery cross on a lawn.
This should be all the more reason for the Black women that I am speaking to now, on my blog, to know that the time to “train” is gone if that training must precede claiming womanism or Black feminism. Ain’t no time to train when how we think about ourselves, our various types of relationships, our communities, our media representation, our bodies, our very lives are under attack every second of the day and not just from oppression itself or erasure attempts by “allies” but also by how we internalize this oppression. No time to train. No time to pack a bag—for a journey that we were born on—based solely on whether or not to claim labels that only make it easier to discuss what we’ve already and always have done.