Dear Tamora Pierce, (and others),
I've been black since the doctor smacked my butt and I took my first breath.
I've been black while teachers tried to figure out how to keep me behind but send kids far less bright than I into specialized advance placement tracks.
I've been black while teachers told me to sit down and shut up about slavery being wrong because black people in Africa had slaves too.
I've been black when cops stopped my wee little girl ass on the sidewalk for walking with melanin or daring to discuss homework with more than one other black friend in front of the corner library; unlawful assembly anyone?
I've been an immigrant since I set foot in this country.
I've been an immigrant while people tried to talk to me really slowly assuming I didn't speak English and that somehow made me stupid.
I've been an immigrant hassled by police, as a child, because I didn't look like their all American little girl.
I've been gay since my first crush on a girl.
I've been gay since I began to object to boys calling each other 'fag' in my highschool classes.
I've been gay since homophobes shouted and chanted and threatened to throw things while I marched in DC. Incidentally I was gay AND Jewish then too.
So I'm so sorry if my identifying with being black, an immigrant and gay, before identifying with a cause that promotes itself as by/for American middle class white women, whose lives are already filled with CHOICE, reads to you as stupid.
And I'm sorry if you don't get it.
But the truth is, it's just ONE more example of you and yours NOT GETTING IT. So really? What's new there?
Intersectionality - I live it, breathe it, read my comics to it. Feminism has enough supporters who wring their hands and cry and go 'But the Sisterhood!'. I turn my attention now, to the sidelines which are NOT sidelines in my life.
Oddly enough this is reminding me of my run in with Girlwonder.Org Forum Members. I brought up a lack of PoC. They screamed I was homophobic and I needed to mind my tone. And how dare I even suggest that it's easier to imagine a character gay that imagine a character is a PoC despite it being a visual medium. I realize I've been backing the hell away from that sort of feminism for a while now.