Michelle Obama ‘Baby Mama’ debacle was jarring – to say the least. Though I’d personally endorsed her husband, Barack Obama, as the presidential candidate, I equally felt that his rival candidate, Hillary Clinton, was the victim of rampant sexism that borderlined on misogyny. Thus, I had assumed that the same amount of outrage would greet Fox News’ Freudian slip – only to be sadly mistaken. Sort of like Geraldine Ferraro’s ‘observation‘ being called out as racist, but I digress…
Furthermore, a recent autobiographical article by author Rebecca Walker all but raked her mother, acclaimed black feminist author, Alice Walker, over the coals for being a ‘rabid feminist’ and ‘borderline neglectful’ mother. Having considered the majority of the elder Walker’s work as a paean to both feminism and black womanhood, I was dismayed to see one of my sheroes dismantled as yet another ‘angry Feminazi’. While my initial thought was to dismiss Rebecca’s story as an outlet for her mommy issues, a larger issue loomed: is feminism truly exclusive to white women? Moreover, do we, as modern black women, have a meaningful feminist movement to honestly call our own? Or are we continually marginalized within the existing movement, as black people as a whole in politics?
While I can’t say that I am any closer to finding the answers to these questions, I will say that this is something that definitely needs to be examined – if not for our future as black women in America. I’d love to hear you opinion of this as well, sistas.