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White feminist move inside in a privileged environment

Reni Eddo-Lodge is not on laughs, short and admitted: "Okay, I'm running now, screaming out of this room. But," she continues strictly and reaches for the water, which is served by the Zurich Hotel in the meeting room, "while I'm sitting here quite relaxed, I must be aware of the fact that I'm complicit: I am literally in a tree – a building that excludes all the people who can't walk stairs. If I'm serious with my solidarity for the disabled, I'm not allowed to hide the. To build handicapped accessible, Yes."

The British journalist and author sets high standards to themselves and to others. And what does not work for you, is to talk, in their own struggle for more justice, the reference to the disadvantage of other groups is small, to ignore it, or even as a unbotmässig and counterproductive abzukanzeln; different experiences of discrimination play off one against the other.

Criticized as gap-mushroom

Therefore, she had made a few years ago in a heated debate in the BBC program "Woman's Hour" on the special perspective of black women. Keywords Intersectionality; what is meant is the entanglement of several factors that cause inequality. Then white interview participants criticised the activist prompt as a divisive element of the feminist movement.

After a very ugly exchange in the aftermath of the broadcast Reni Eddo-Lodge had enough. And wrote in February 2014 that long blog post you want to adopt from the discussion: "Why I'm no longer talking to white people about race".

The Post is struck, affected, made, sad, even angry. And before she knew it, a voice Eddo-Lodge about almost nothing else. In the meantime, she has produced a whole book. The recently published German edition of "Why I am not talking longer with the White skin color", from the las in Switzerland, has already reached the third edition, and its author notes: The more successful a black Person, the white is reality, in the UK, your life.

One can observe the phenomenon of defensiveness and denial in the case of white feminists in the world, added the 29-Year-old with the unerring view. As a former President of the students Association of your Alma Mater in Preston, it is practiced to deliver in a friendly way, hard analysis, and trenchant Observations. "When white feminists could Dedicated listening yourself to disabled like you sometimes talk to people like me, LGBTQ representatives, even climate – then you would be ashamed of." The blade, namely, sometimes as well as men women to dump.

they had been in Sweden, and the black women there have reported the Same thing: of all things, in the most liberal, most progressive, any attempt to racism that we will not address circles experiences and structural racism, blocked with the anmasse the Argument "you're imagining things,".

it was the American women's marches against Trump to violent disputes around the issue of intersectionality, is not a miracle. White feminists be great to expose the power dynamics in gender issues. But they were often in a privileged environment, your only concern is the sexism. "It is tempting, the power axes along zuhangeln," says the woman who thinks nothing more of the dream of a global Sisterhood, the politicized at the University once.

Raised in London

And you still never really was able to experience. Reni Eddo-Lodge was born in 1989 in a multi-ethnic working-class district of London. Her mother, a Nigerian woman, she moved, alone, big, and had to work to exhaustion. She sent her daughter to a Catholic girls ' school; the child rushed to read it and discovered in himself a strong fighting spirit, is a force of resistance against the circumstances. Nigeria seems to provide a Fund for powerful women's voices, so for the London-born Taiye Selasi ("Bye-Bye, Babar – Or: What Is Afro-politan?") or Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ("The Danger of a Single Story").

Until today, Eddo-Lodge does not give up, even when depression pushed you at times. "Judging by the extent of the racism problem, you never get the feeling that it was an insurmountable task, and any attempt to change anything, is hopeless. But this feeling can treat."

How? Only through community actions, Reni Eddo-Lodge is convinced – in spite of everything. Even if communities zerflattern as to the Occupy movement, stay Single and support each other. Also, some of Eddo-Lodge closest friendships stem from her time as an active feminist.

the black Briton has written off the feminism not, and in the book so intense. You demand that white feminists have no use for the other topics – even though their refusal to anmute strange, given that they expected, in turn, of all the women full of devotion to the gender issue. But at least they should take the concerns of others seriously, instead of you.

"when it gets better?"

behind drove the anti-racist Effort will also says a new class struggle-myth, particularly since the financial crisis, Eddo-Lodge. "The insidious legend of the extreme-Right splits are the poor: they says, the Colored and immigrants grüben of the white working class in the water, and White would be more entitled to state aid." Many politicians have picked up on it, because they strokes, Yes, social security benefits, and a scapegoat was just right. Many Coloured British were in second, third, fourth Generation. Anyway, the cuts in social services have nothing to do with immigration.

The rhetoric of racial hatred was alarmingly successful, the author. But the subtle structural racism today. However, they cite Martin Luther king's faith in the future: "Ask me, "what time is it gets better?", I always ask back: "For as long as you're willing to work for an improvement?"" Reni Eddo-Lodge is not giving up, even if you would lead like to live a normal life.

liberation of the rabbit

What do you do then? "Finally, about things to write, not a political emergency. What was White writing, nature, animals, simple pleasures." Reni Eddo-Lodge took over some time ago, a rabbit in Distress and held the animal by the name of Saffron in a classic rabbit Hutch – until she took this as a real crime true. Meanwhile, Saffron has a private room and daily human speech.

"It hurts me when I see how terrible these social animals are usually kept because they merely earlier fur and meat suppliers. Horrible! If I remember right: that is Exactly what I would write. A non-fiction book at the right Bunny stance, Bunny liberation Manifesto!" As Reni Eddo-Lodge Easter wish.

Reni Eddo-Lodge: Why I don't speak for longer, with White skin color. Tropics, Stuttgart In 2019. 265 p., 30 Fr.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.04.2019, 18:18 PM

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