White feminism as white self-congratulation

Fascinating:

Mrs. Clinton may have begun that discussion in her concession speech on Saturday when she said that women deserve equal respect, along with equal pay, and that “there are no acceptable prejudices in the 21st century in our country.” She was referring to what emerged as conventional wisdom during the campaign that racism is no longer tolerated in America, but sexism is.

Heh, yeah because a structure run and controlled by white people, has ALWAYS recognized racism as a huge problem and done everything it can to rid the world of it. The very fact that "sexism is still a problem" is always followed by the "but racism isn't" line, shows you that race is still, to this day, the biggest dividing line in this country. Of course there's not a single black person quoted in the piece--just white people ruminating among themselves. Hillary is the same woman whose husband equated Obama dismissively with Jesse Jackson, the same woman who defined her base--and the base of the Democratic part no less!--as "hard working white people," whose supporters go on national TV and claim that 99 percent of black voters don't know what they're doing. Don't tell about how Harriet Christian is just some nutjob--so were the "Iron my shirt" dudes, and they weren't even Obama supporters.

Michelle Obama, an Ivy educated lawyer, is dismissed as "a baby's mama," someone is hawking a Barack Obama monkey doll, Sean Bell daughter is without a father, but racism is dead. Break me a fucking give. Tell you what white women. I won't pretend to be an authority on what it feels like to be sexually objectified, and you don't try to be an authority on what's it's like to be considered the progeny of knuckle-draggers. In fact why don't we all shut up and listen to some black women for a change. Oh, I keep forgetting. There are none.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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