We wrap up our focus on the white women who were opposed to women's suffrage by calling for a seance therapy session. Nothing like a little unresolved family drama to reproduce systemic oppression for generations...
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Check out Carol Anderson's brilliant take on white rage and how it punishes "Black resilience and Black resolve" in a VOX interview with Fabiola Cineas. Pointing to how white rage manifests in political strategies like voter suppression and the War on Drugs, she says: "In America, we are so focused on the flames that we miss the kindling. The kindling — those are the policies." The interview ends with a bang: "I’ve had people say to me, 'Why don’t you call it white angst?' Well, what do you call it when you systematically deny children the right to education because they’re Black? That’s rage. What do you call it when Black people come out and vote and your response is not, 'Yes, democracy!' Your response is, 'That’s illegal. That’s fraudulent. We’ve got to shut it down. We’ve got to strip them of their citizenship rights.' That’s rage."
Turns out we're not the only ones who advocate for strategic cursing: "Why swearing is a sign of intelligence, helps manage pain and more" from CNN.
In Episode 2: The Antis, we review our takeaways from the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, then dive into the history of white women who fought against women's suffrage. Who were they? What were their arguments? And why do we liken them to a pile of shit covered with a doily? Embedded in their logic are deep connections to whiteness and the exclusion of anyone or anything that was outside the (Christian) God-ordained image, in their view, of (white) womanhood. Important references for this discussion include:
“Thoughts on Female Suffrage and In Vindication of Woman’s True Rights” by Madeline Vinton Dahlgren
“No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement” Susan Goodier
"Looking Back" by Laura E. Foster
Are you a white woman working with children in any capacity? Then stop what you are doing and read this right now: "Dear Liberal White Teachers" by Laura Jimenez (@booktoss).
Check out this great article by Anna North in VOX linking the white women who helped organize and participate in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to their loooooong history of propping up white supremacy: "[I]f we ignore the importance of women in the Capitol riot and the groups that backed and enabled it, we can’t understand white supremacy in America — let alone dismantle it. Trying to fight racism in America without looking at white women, [historian Stephanie] Jones-Rogers said, is like “addressing only the right side of the body when the left side is still sick.” Many of the historical mentions she shouts out are topics we've planned for future episodes, in addition to a dive into white women's involvement with the far Right and QAnon. Stay tuned!
Our first episode is now available for streaming! Woohoo! Check it out on Spotify and wherever you get podcasts, or simply listen by clicking the green arrow button below. In Episode 1: Come Get Your People, we recap how we came up with the idea for this podcast, why we hope it will be helpful in getting white women to stop being so shitty, and what we're keeping in mind as we research and record.
In this episode, we shout out education professor Zeus Leonardo's 2004 article in Educational Philosophy & Theory called "The color of supremacy: Beyond the discourse of 'white privilege.'" Check out our About page for more of our influences and recommendations to help white women understand and disrupt white supremacy.