An excellent, must-read post on white woman privilege and AZ Gov. Jan Brewer’s disrespectful finger-wagging photo with President Obama, from The Crunk Feminist Collective.
What is wrong with this picture?
1.) He is the President. She is being disrespectful. As hell. Period. Point Blank. End of Discussion.
2.) White privilege conditions white people not to see white rage. However, it makes them hyper-aware of Black threat. Newt Gingrich is white rage personified. And for it, he gets loads of applause. So is Jan Brewer, but usually we think of white rage in masculine terms. Gender stereotypes condition us not to see white women as being capable of this kind of dangerous emotional output. We reserve our notions of female anger for Black women. Such hidden race-gender logics allow Brewer to assert that she “felt threatened,” even though she was trying to handle the situation “with grace.” Now look back at the picture: who is threatening whom? Couple white rage with white women’s access to the protections that have been afforded to their gender, and…
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