author – activist – faculty – mom
As a black/Latina feminist, I have to decide—over and over again—to continue my allegiance to the cause, in spite of racism among white feminists. I am that committed to the liberation of all women worldwide, so much so that I won’t let a few narcissistic white women deter me. Period. And this stance is partially possible because there are enough white women allies who are loud and equally committed.
At this historical moment, the BernieBro phenomena is pushing me to look closely at sexism on the left. And it doesn’t look pretty. But I think this is a moment—like Kamau Bell was saying about white people and Trump—to “come get your boy[s].” This is a historical moment where we need to hear from Bernie that sexism isn’t okay. Yes, I would want my presidential candidate to be willing to risk hurting mens’ feelings to do the right thing in fighting sexism, including internet microaggressions and trolling. Even if there’s no big public chastisement of the Bros, any strong anti-sexist talking point would be welcome. It’s been reported that Sanders campaign staffers are working quietly to restrain the Bernie Bros. But isn’t that how liberal sexism works? One group says/does things that are totally offensive and another group quietly apologizes behind the scenes and gently encourages the offenders to change? If Bernie wants to stand against the billionaire class, he needs to do better than a whisper.
Because I want to know that fighting sexism is on my candidates agenda, and what larger commitment can a candidate have than fighting it among his own people? Because a free college education is of much less value to women if there’s no change in the epidemic numbers of sexual assaults on those campuses.
Bernie, come get your boys.