Well, we came for the white feminists, and now we sent for the black men.
I don't have a ton of details on this hashtag, and I'm not sure of the origins yet, or who started it, but I did find this article about the fact that black women's issues are undervalued in relation to the issues of black men. (Like in the original civil rights movement) I also have this great link to a debate between Gloria Steinem and Melissa Harris-Perry where MHP touches on the ways in which WW and BM have often colluded to push aside the needs of black women, and fail to realize the intersection of femininity and blackness, in the context of the 2008 Democratic primary. Lastly, I have this Storify of tweets by noted awesome black lady feminist Mikki Kendall about the harm that the "Strong Black Woman" trope does to black women.
[EDIT: After extensive twitter creeping, I have concluded that this hashtag evolved organically from the original SIFWW hashtag. It seems that BW first tackled the racism they face from white women, and are now tackling the sexism they face from black men. Because they're awesome, and on fucking FIRE this week.]
Much like Solidarity Is For White Women, it seems like #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen is about pointing out the ways in which black men are complicit in the oppression of black women. Some of the tweets are very insightful (as usual) so I'm posting a few of the ones I think had the most impact.
I'll follow up with more information as soon as I can find it.
#blackpowerisforblackmen when a woman can't tell a man how to be a man, but men are beyond comfy telling women how to be women.— Demetria Lucas (@abelleinbk) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen when we agreed that Trayvon was no thug but divided on whether Rachel Jeantel had an "attitude" on the stand.— Dabnis Brickhouse (@thembithembi) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen becuase "history" will talk about Barack Obama being the first, and fail to mention Shirley Chisolm— nealcarter (@nealcarter) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen because black boys are praised for having multiple partners, but black girls are called "fast"— nealcarter (@nealcarter) August 14, 2013
When BM cry foul about respectability politics for BM then turn around and police BW's class/language/sexuality #blackpowerisforblackmen— Pippi Longstroke (@PurpleLikeRawr) August 14, 2013
Steubenville/Douglasville=same crime but only the white girls are victims. Black girls somehow raped themselves. #blackpowerisforblackmen— roslynholcomb (@roslynholcomb) August 13, 2013
Accept that BM are allowed to have standards for a mate while I must settle with any BM for the sake of Black Love #blackpowerisforblackmen— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) August 13, 2013
I am supposed to give a cookie to the BM who are involved in their childrens lives while Single BW carry the blame #blackpowerisforblackmen— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) August 13, 2013
My hair style proves I hate myself while he can run around with an S-curl, do-rag or bald head & no one checks him #blackpowerisforblackmen— Bougie Black Girl (@BougieBlackGurl) August 13, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen because BW's low marriage rates are seen as a much bigger deal than BM's EVEN LOWER marriage rates— Staceycakes (@MsStaceyCakes) August 14, 2013
#BlackPowerisforBlackMen because we love describing women as "bitches" when they don't wanna reply to a "hello".— nukirk.digi.tal (@Nukirk) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen bc although black women played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, we're only told about MLK&other blk men— ✨✨ (@HarlemCam) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen when they think equality is about gaining access to the White Male Supremacy instead of dismantling it.— Lem Ké Carter. (@LemOcean) August 14, 2013
#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen when my mother is blamed for my brothe's failures— DBizzle the Short (@Dontcallme_Tiff) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen when men demand submission as proof that a woman loves them.— Demetria Lucas (@abelleinbk) August 14, 2013
#blackpowerisforblackmen When BM don't realize we are overly oppressed for Being black and being a woman.— BeyHive Takeover (@BeyHive_ON_Top) August 14, 2013
There is a TON of great stuff happening on twitter right now, so I'd definitely recommend that you go explore the hashtag.
ETA: Found some great and relevant links from Trudy of Gradient Liar:
- Patriarchy, Sexism and Misogynoir; And Intraracial View
- How Anti-blackness Shapes Heterosexual Black Men's Dating Preferences
ETA #2: And just for shits and giggles, let's tie this all together: