Monday, January 7, 2019

That Ole Unspoken But Understood Clause

Artist's Description

Anonymous - What is the difference between womanism and feminism?

Muhammad Rasheed - Womanism is specifically Black women's rights advocacy in the fight against misogynoir (anti-Black + anti-female).

After decades of investing energy/resources into the feminist movement, only to find themselves ignored by the movement they believed in due to anti-Blackness and racism, the womanism concept was developed and built upon by Black women activists and Black women thought leaders to address their long neglected needs in a formal advocacy space.

By contrast, feminism is the woman’s rights advocacy movement that has traditionally expressed itself as the female arm of the white racist aristocracy, with the Caucasian female using a focused political agenda towards the goal of wrenching an equal amount of the patriarchal Western world’s wealth & power monopoly from her white male dominant counterpart for her own usage.

Paul Haas - I tend to freeze in high stress situations unless I already have a plan.

My plan for the situation in the cartoon is to start filming with my cell phone. If I am the first to film, I would start narrating the encounter loudly enough for the cop and the victim to hear.

My phone is set up to start uploading videos as soon as I finish them. What are good live streaming applications for this problem? I don't want the cop to be able to destroy the video.

Paul Haas - If I am the second or later to start videoing then I plan to video from the opposite side of the first videographer. That way they will be in my video should the cop start targeting them, and I in theirs.

I would like to see more cartoons illustrating common unhelpful liberal behavior with discussions on potentially more useful behaviors. So I can have a preformulated plan ready.

I am sad to admit that I have committed far too many stereotypical white liberal unhelpful actions. The worst feeling is when I am telling myself “don't do that” or “do anything but that”, and then I helplessly watch myself doing the thing I know is wrong.

Most recently, I met a black professional woman who was working in the same field I was a couple of decades ago. I didn't recall even meeting any black females in my field back then.

One track of my mind was repeating to myself "keep the conversation going, and don't focus the fact that she has an unusual, and probably in many ways unpleasant history”. Unfortunately, I can not follow my own advice under stress. The extreme stress was caused by anticipating myself doing the wrong thing. The rest of my mind was filling with inappropriate questions. I managed not to ask about the likely forms of abuse and discrimination, but I didn't have enough brain left over to keep the conversation going.

I was living what could easily be one of Mr Rasheed's cartoons. And it was definitely not a flattering character.

Mohammed, if you are curious about what might be going through the head of an extremely unhelpful white liberal while they are being extremely unhelpful, I have a lot of experience. You may feel free to use my history in your cartoons with or without attribution. Because I seem to repeat the stereotypical mistakes that other white liberal men make, it is as if you already have.

Amy S. Cohen - You're a man. How would you know how women at a match would react? I've never been to a match since I've been too busy earning a living but I've known a few who have gone and they'd NEVER stand by and ignore what the sister was experiencing OR react that way. Not ALL white women are like this just like not all black women behave in some stereotypical manner.

Sharon Gaulke - usually scroll right past these cartoons. Not because of black or white or the message but because I have to squint to read the novella that goes with them.

MEDIUM: Scanned pen & ink cartoon drawing w/Adobe Photoshop color.

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