AusYABloggers #77Saturday White Tears/Brown Scars

Hi folks, welcome to another #77Saturday. I hope you’ve had a great week!

Here are the rules if you want to join:

  1. Find a book – it can be your current read or something lying around.
  2. Turn to page 77 or 77% on an ereader.
  3. Find a snip you like.
  4. Share it and link back to AusYABloggers.

This week’s book is White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad.

“While there exists this brutal element in society which tramples upon the feeble and treads down the weak, I tell you that if there is any class of people who need to be lifted out of their airy nothings and selfishness, it is the white women of America.”

In other words, white women, including the suffragettes were still trampling on society’s weaker members.

The first part of the quote is from Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, addressing a Women’s Rights convention in 1866. She was an African American poet, journalist and fiction writer and I hadn’t heard of her prior to picking up Hamad’s book.

White Tears/Brown Scars is an incredibly important book, looking at how white women still use their privilege to “punch down” women of colour and exert their dominance in difficult situations, especially if they are having to exert themselves within patriarchal structure.

If you are a white person, I implore you to pick up this book.


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