Aaaand that’s a wrap. WOW. Excellence.
I don’t even know if I would say that Black feminists are less critical but are differently critical. Our criticisms come from a DIFFERENT history, world view, perspectives. Remember what Audre wrote about differences?
I must say that I find amusement over the anger about Beyoncé’s tour being named “The Mrs. Carter Show.” People are angered that she didn’t use her “maiden” name. Look at that last phrase. “Maiden” name. Research that. Then, realize that her lineage, like most, is patrilineal. “Knowles” is her father’s last name. Even if she were from a single parent home and had her mother’s last name, “Beyincé,” that still comes from her mother’s father (Lumis Albert Beyincé). Her first name alludes to this same last name.
But names also become OURS. Women aren’t just empty boxes where our names do not matter. Parents give the original names. It’s still not the child doing the naming. The feminist policing and politics around names need a revision.
White feminists want to use “feminist” and “human” interchangeably for Black women. This is not acceptable. To them, they have to “approve” a Black woman’s feminist praxis before they can view her as a full human being. Unacceptable. And in the case of marriage, if they were not so drunk on White supremacy, they would see the financial power, social capital and protection that they pretend to never desire are given to them as a birthright and set as a standard that Black women do not “deserve.” Hence Beyoncé’s eradication of their boxes and having what she wants (not even trying to meet White women’s “having it all” mantras) is so appalling to them that they scramble relentlessly to insult her and Black women in general. Notice that theism, Christianity, possible monogamy, marriage before parenthood, two parent home and economically sufficient—all “standard” markers used to claim “respectability” for White women—are ignored in Beyoncé’s case. Respectability politics go hand in hand with racism itself. They’re born out of White supremacy and double standards.
Mainstream feminism involves a lot of demanding Black women reject things that White women are entitled to and Black women need or never receive. Good damn bye with that!