And if I am expected to go hard about how sneaky, conniving and underhanded white women are about enforcing white supremacy, then you bet your ass it would be hypocritical of me not to have the same energy when I am discussing the ways in which black women can and do uphold homophobia, transphobia and toxic masculinity in our own communities.
Seeking out gay friends and associates only when you need your nails did and hair done and thereby tokenizing and accessorizing them is not the business. Being the gatekeepers of what it means to be black and women e. All of that, while not physically violent Much like the seemingly benign violence that white women deny that they inflict on us, the type of violence I listed above is built to ostracize, antagonize and minimize the lives and lived experiences of queer and trans black people based on their identities.
It wears you down. Eats at you. Breaks you. Our being marginalized in one aspect does not mean that we do not hold power over others in another aspect. The faster we can grasp that concept without digging our heels into the ground and sticking our hands in our ears, the better.
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