Wendy Brown, States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (1995)
something that i’m really having a problem with is the way in which black womyn refuse to center themselves and other black womyn. we deserve praise, encouragement, support, space to be vulnerable, multifaceted, adored, regardless. i really really really am sick of the traditional black social justice trope that we are supposed to martyr ourselves for black men, give them everything, hold our breath and take all their shit and exalt them when that is NOT what they do for black womyn. in fact they even feel like they have the right to tell us how we should behave in order to deserve the things that are our basic fucking rights, they add to the degredation of black women in the culture by constructing hoops and ordering us to jump through them, they will invoke the insidious and oppressive myth of the ‘strong black woman’ to justify it. martyrdom is NOT solidarity. if you are not anti-kyriarchal, then i am NOT in solidarity with you, whoever you may be.