I don’t know much about Girls - I don’t watch TV and I just passed it off as something as useless as Gossip Girl (uh), but all of a sudden I see the Internet calling Lena Dunham a racist for not featuring people of color on her show, so I started doing a little research, and found this gem.
And I’d like to add something that’s been on my mind that this video has brought to light..
I want to point out (for more personal reasons) that this lady is white, and listen to the things she says. After watching it, my reaction was “YES! A brilliant person here saying brilliant things.” I want to just remind those out there who want to silence others when an oppression is brought up (i.e. how feminism for women of color is a different battle than the feminism white women fight for) that those issues do matter. They are happening now. Spread the word. Educate yourself. If you want to be the kind of person that cares about others, look beyond the borders as well as within, because those who are fighting different battles than you are still people. It’s not news that’s irrelevant to you. And just because someone points out your privilege, it doesn’t mean you should deny it and continue with stupid shit like “OH I can’t be a racist, I voted for Obama - I live in a multicultural neighborhood!” Be an ally and accept your privilege, and use it to point out injustices if you can! You don’t have to be a PoC to talk about racist issues and to understand that you don’t understand another’s struggles. You don’t have to be a PoC to talk about injustices happening in your neighborhood or around the world. Be brilliant! There is racist shit happening all the time. And please please please for the love of humanity, do not be that “colorblind” nervous wreck (who’ll more than likely be white) that just wants to diddle on and have fun when the topic of racism is brought up and say “hey guys i love everyone, don’t get upset.” It’s still disgusting.
Reblogging for the commentary and because Holly’s badassery is always worth another post.