Solidarity Is for White Women Takes Over Twitter

4 years ago

In case you weren’t on Twitter Monday night, you might have missed a big discussion about feminism and race, with the trending hashtag #solidarityisforwhitewomen. Started by Mikki Kendall, who tweets under the handle @Karnythia, the hours-long stream shed light on the concerns of women of color that are rarely included in mainstream discussions of feminism.

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While recent controversies surrounding Hugo Schwyzer, a white writer and self-described male feminist (and former BlogHer Publishing Network member), may have brought these issues to a head, the tensions go back much farther than that, highlighting bigger social inequities between white women and their black, Latina, Asian, and Native American counterparts.

Here are some of the top tweets: Reactions to #solidarityisforwhitewomen

After a while, the #solidarityisforwhitewomen hashtag became a subject of its own, and while many tweeters listened and joined in, the discussion put some on the defensive.

But what happens the morning after? Some people are wondering if Monday night's tweets will have any lasting effect.

Did you follow #solidarityisforwhitewomen? I know this is a topic about which people have passionate opinions, and I'm hoping we can talk about it constructively. What do you think of the conversation? Tell us in the comments!

News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs about raising an Asian mixed-race family at HapaMama.

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