Last night the #solidarityisforwhitewomen tag raced to the top of the Twitter trending chart, treating people not only to an amusing left-on-left slap fight, but also providing a glimpse into the fever swamps of far-left victimhood identity politics.
It’s an unholy marriage of Marxism and racial identity politics, brewed and decanted among far-left community organizers and tenured faculty members. The basic idea is that victimhood equals saintliness, in that the more of a victim you are, the less of a white capitalist hetronormative patriarchal oppressor you are. (Feel free to add another dozen or so far-left buzzwords to the preceding sentence.) This is done both in order to assert who has the greater moral claim on the spoils of big government, and to cow others and guilt-trip them into giving in to your demands, because black victimhood automatically trumps white privilege, etc. It’s also to keep people firmly ensconced in the left’s group-think herd mentality rather than thinking critically. It’s the language of thought-terminating cliches, designed to end debate by placing those employing it higher on the hierarchy of victimhood than those it is deployed against.
As for what brought on this hashtag, well, it’s a rich, zesty, resentful stew of left-wing grievance-mongering.
Part of it seems to be backlash over all the attention lavished on Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s “how to have it all by climbing the corporate ladder to CEO and still having children while promoting the sisterhood” book, which seems particularly near and dear to the hearts of white female business writers everywhere.
When Lean In takes up all the feminist oxygen for weeks and WF don't get why WOC aren't excited and celebrating. #solidarityisforwhitewomen
— abaran76 (@abaran76) August 13, 2013
— Danger and Play (@PlayDangerously) August 12, 2013
#solidarityisforwhitewomen is being told by a white woman that the book 'Lean In' speaks to all of us; she's offended when I tell her not me
— Kimberia Sherva (@ridingburritos) August 12, 2013
Part of it seems to stem from some white feminists actually daring to be critical of radical Islam, which (for complex and mysterious reasons) seems to trump white feminism on the hierarchy of victimhood.
— Humera (@whooo_meee) August 12, 2013
#SolidarityisforWhiteWomen when they are silent on the occupation of Palestinian women, checkpoint births & unequal rights.
— Wi'am☮وئام (@VivaPalestina26) August 13, 2013
— zeshan ahmed chaudry (@zeeshanahmed84) August 13, 2013
The topless activists of Femen seem a particular object of their ire:
— سعيدة (@xSyedaMiah) August 12, 2013
FEMEN belongs in the #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen bag. With their 'european values of freedom and equality'.
— Selin Kara (@Selintifada) August 12, 2013
For some reason, something Amanda Marcotte did in 2008 still seems to be a fresh wound in the minds of many:
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) August 12, 2013
And it’s just a chance to grind the usual left-wing axes some more:
#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen who support Zionist genocide of PALESTINIANS cuz if US whites decimated indigenous people, Israel should too
— Liza Sabater (@blogdiva) August 13, 2013
— Modern Leftist (@ModernLeftist) August 13, 2013
— Amanda Reyes (@gardengnomey) August 13, 2013
And this is particularly gratifying for those of us on the Vast Right Wing:
— Black Canseco (@BlackCanseco) August 12, 2013
It’s also amazing how often some variant “You shut up” is deployed for any white women who happen to have some objection to this mass race-based mobbing.
— Dani Kelley (@danileekelley) August 13, 2013
— WhoopDiDoo (@WholeLottaJulie) August 13, 2013
WHITE WOMEN — SHUT UP AND LISTEN #solidarityisforwhitewomen
— Tia Keenan (@kasekaiserina) August 12, 2013
If you're a white woman writing "I like #solidarityisforwhitewomen, but they're talking about feminism wrong…" please stop typing.
— Abigail Collazo (@LeftStandingUp) August 13, 2013
Feeling literally ill reading responses from privileged white women, colorblind fuckers. SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP! #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen
— Kat B (@TranceGemini613) August 13, 2013
The lesson: On the far left, you are not allowed to speak when your superiors on the victim hierarchy chart are speaking. As usual on the far-left, “let’s have a dialog on race” turns out to mean “you’ll shut up and listen while I condemn you, bigot.”
Of course, underlying all of this is a real truth that none dare speak out loud: The Democratic Party as currently constructed spreads the benefits of its patronage disproportionately to old white politicians and their favored cronies. Just look at the paleness of hue of all those green energy subsidy recipients. Why, think of all the community organizing and diversity consulting sinecures that money could have underwritten! The Pigford scandal is a drop in the bucket by comparison. The Hillary Clintons, Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosis are always going to have first call at the trough of big government largess, because that’s the way the Democratic Party’s spoil system works.
But above all, this blue internecine warfare is designed to do one thing: to keep those on the identity politics left as part of the herd. Those fixated on victimhood and inter-feminist doctrinal differences are far less likely to question why their policies have failed so badly when allowed to run their course in Detroit, or why 72% of blacks are born out of wedlock, thanks in large measure to to the welfare state.
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