A Black woman creates something, and white people credit themselves for it, after ignoring it for as long as possible. Where have we heard this before?
Tarana Burke was omitted from the TIME Magazine cover so today, let’s celebrate the s*** out of her
#taranaburke began the #metoo movement so, why wasnt she on the cover of #timemagazine again? Anyone? Bueller? Why dont we recognize the woman who leads, inspires, invigorates and empowers? #its2018#wakeup#celebratetaranaburke#thankyoutaranaburke#timemagazine @time_magazine @time
“Why the big fuss about Tarana Burke not being on the cover? The issue is bigger than just her, right?!” Yes and No.
There’s been a long history of white women’s issues trumping issues that are inclusive of or exclusive to women of color. They say “It’s for all of us; you’ll be next!” then they don’t come back.
No, not talking about Alyssa Milano or Rose McGowen or any other woman who’s been assalted & deserves to be heard.
It’s THE SYSTEM we don’t trust; the one that supports both patriarchy AND racism. [And yes some women chose to be part of that system when it benefits them, true.] Systemic patriarchy & systemic racism are fruit of the same poisoned tree. That’s why we the people, and we her friends & acquaintances, are so adamant about Tarana getting the CORRECT amount of coverage. Not taking any other woman away, but ADDING the one who thought enough to create “me too.” Sistas & allies near and far are thrilled that @MeTooMVMT is exposing so many. But Tarana has been in the game making a safe place for victims of sexual assault for ‘bout ten years now! Her gorgeous face SHOULD be on the cover, not just within the pages of the magazine.
Still, we applaud the light she’s getting.
Black women stay celebrating a sliver when we shoulda gotten a regular piece of cake like everybody else. And we accept it with the a smile, with the satisfaction (and hope) of knowing more will come. Not charity. Not handouts. Rewards for genuine hard work, ingenuity & accomplishments. That’s all we’ve ever wanted. Our fair shot.
So when you share the news about Time Mag’s great nod to #TheSilenceBreakers please don’t overlook, trivialize, lessen the impact or forget to include #TaranaBurke as the creator of this movement. Because she was surely including you... #Intersectionality#MeToo#taranaburke#thankyoutaranaburke#thankyoutarana#Patriarchy#Racism#DismantlingPatriarchy#SystemicRacism#WomensMovement#KnowYourHistory#WeNeedYourSupportLikeWeGaveOurs
The Silence Breakers. Among them: a Mexicana, a strawberry-picker on the cover of TIME magazine as Person of the Year. Said it before and I'll say it again, Hefner died and it was the beginning of the end of the great white patriarchy. #silencebreakers#changeacomin#timemagazine#women#MeToo#thankyoutaranaburke
12 days ago
OMG. Listen. I admit I was nervous. I thought this beautiful woman wasn’t being acknowledged consistently as the creator / founder of the #MeToo movement. Well today #thesilencebreakers are the 2017 #TimePersonOfTheYear and there is my friend RIGHT THERE in the midst of all the other brave people who spoke up. Everyone! When you share the story remember to include TARANA BURKE who’s been championing for us for over a decade. Let’s pray the powerful @metoomvmt helps change the landscape! @fortyisthenew40 I couldn’t be happier for you! Congrats and #thankyoutaranaburke
Något som det knappt talats om är att #metoo kampanjen egentligen startades för över tio år sedan av aktivisten Tarana Burke, som arbetar för social rättvisa. Hon startade kampanjen för att hjälpa unga tjejer som själva blivit utsatta för sexuella trakasserier. Tarana menade att empatin från andra överlevare kunde hjälpa till att läka såren. Hon ville få tjejer att förstå att dem inte är ensamma, utan sedda, hörda och förstådda.
Vill med denna post hedra denna starka, starka kvinna #taranaburke#dignifytaranaburke#thankyoutaranaburke
2 months ago
I always feel powerful and assertive when I'm wearing red. Unfortunately, this past week I've been feeling weak, degraded, and objectified because of one man's comments to me. I got my apology today and I sincerely hope that it was earnest and that he will grow. But my real comfort has nothing to do with this apology--it has been the support and love I have received from some amazing coworkers and friends who took my feelings seriously and encouraged me to speak up. Having a network of people who understand the problem is so important, and so I really do love seeing all the "me too" posts. Personally, I find it empowering to talk about these experiences rather than letting them silently shape my self-worth. Tomorrow I'm going to put on this new kick-ass dress, and continue trying to hold my head up and claim my space. Powerful, assertive, and not alone. Sexists beware. 🥊 #metoo#thankyoutaranaburke#modcloth
2 months ago
Very fucking triggering shit, beware..
Ya know, I've survived child molestation, sexual assault, multiple rapes, every.fucking.day. harrasment (multiple times a day), victim blaming, and victim shaming since I was 9 years old but it's this gaslighting shit that makes me fucking explode. When someone tells me to "relax" about a very fucking serious issue that I take personally, that I have advocated against for as long as I can remember, I have a panic attack (like I'm starting to right now). A white cis-male friend of mine called out how shitty cis men were being for co-opting #metoo. Then we get this jerk who thinks he understands the movement but of course does not and fails terribly.
I have been gaslighted over and over and over again in my life and when I was young and naive I believed people when they told me it was my fault. I believed people when they said I deserved it. I believed people when they told me all I was was pieces of a human and not a whole. People would tell me that I over-react, that I'm too sensitive, to relax.
FUCK YA'LL. YOU.DO.NOT.GET.TO.TELL.ME.WHAT.HURTS.ME.AND.WHAT.I.FIND.OFFENSIVE.
I can only hope my loudass obnoxious voice has helped some, and hope will continue to help others. You know I'm always a message away.
Fucking call out assholes like this, not just on the internet, but in person. Cismen, I'm looking at you. Call these fuckers out in the locker room, in the gym, at Thanksgiving, Xmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, NYE, today. Everyday.