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I Don’t Want to Be an Excuse for Racist Violence Anymore

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Racism in the United States is in many ways a gendered oppression. The threat of rape, specifically of white women, has been used to justify mob violence against black men for centuries. Dylann Roof used the need to protect white women’s purity as justification for opening fire inside a South Carolina church, murdering six black women and 3 black men.

Violence is enacted in our name on a daily basis. Our silence is in itself an act of violence, highlighting our complacency. In working to deconstruct systems of sexist oppression, it is essential to recognize the ways in which racist systems are used to uphold and perpetuate gendered privilege.

– Brett Goldberg

Read the article via New Republic.

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