by Cecilia Winterfox
Woman of colour tweets #KillAllWhiteMen, faces charges. Internet demands how is this different from threats of violence against women (because we take those so seriously apparently. LOLJK wait til your husband kills you then we might believe you. SOZ).
Surely *any* threat or promotion of violence is bad? Except that this isn't a threat, and there *is* no violence against white men for being white men, certainly not from women, for her to be promoting.
Here's a test. Do men actually feel threatened or somehow in danger of violence when they read something like this on the internet? I'm going to wager no, because it doesn't translate into or reflect a situation of actual harm. "Reversing" the language of violence doesn't reverse the reality.
Let me be very clear about what it's like to be a woman receiving threats of rape or violence on the internet/your inbox/your actual letterbox as happened to a feminist writer friend last week because the sender wanted her to know he knows where she lives:
Every time, we are literally reminded of assaults we've already experienced and/or the ever-present and very real threat thereof. We're reminded that in Australia, the biggest health risk to women under 45 - more than smoking or cancer or anything - is men. Specifically, men we know and love in our own homes. Two women a week ARE ACTUALLY MURDERED by overwhelmingly male partners/family members.
Mustafa asked white people not to attend an event for people of colour. White people objected like a bunch of whining babies, crying "reverse racism". Why? How does it hurt us in any way not to go to ONE THING for people who are routinely and systematically excluded from pretty much everything? Answer: It doesn't. White people can access any aspect of society without discrimination. Our passports allow us to travel to any country, no-one's putting our CV's in the "no" pile despite our qualifications because we have ethnic-sounding surnames... there aren't even any words to insult white people for being white.
I look forward to the day where an event like Mustafa's is met with the instinctive understanding that folks probably want to spend time with other people who have actual experiences of racial discrimination. Maybe they want to share cultural references without explaining them to us or having us turn them into festival costumes. Or maybe they want to express a totally legitimate rage, politically organise and - yes - say things like #KillAllWhitePeople without being dragged into court. Frankly, it's not hard to understand why.