A White Boy’s Resistance to Patriarchy and White Supremacy: A Call for Self-Reflection and Action

Anarchism is short in coming without the resistance to white supremacy and furthermore, white supremacy being associated with the same sentiment as patriarchy. White Supremacy and patriarchy are not myths created by oppressed people to tangle the truths of the history of North America and white colonized continents. The grasps of what I am able to comprehend in terms of white supremacy and patriarchy is a struggle I pursue because I understand the importance of women and trans* and folks of color as critical and important voices in the abolition of interpersonal and state violence, the industrial prison complexes, immigration discrimination and police brutality, as well as anti-fracking action, tar sands blockades, environmental awareness, decolonization and other issues specifically oriented in the US. Not only are white supremacy and patriarchy systems that assign me privileges beyond my awareness, there is no way I am able to free myself from these constraints without developing a vulnerability to the works of feminists. Anarcha-feminists have been part of our movements from the beginning and their analysis on class have been pertinent inclusions, yet we cannot neglect their work that focuses around sexist and racist violence.

When I speak about feminism to my male comrades, there is often a disconnect and our masculinity seems to be jeopardized. I can’t help to ask myself this question, “How do I feel that movements have been created to specifically work towards changing me?” At what point are we going to listen to these messages and stop abusing our power and privilege, seeing how this violence directly correlates to the very systems we are also fighting against? As a white male anarchist who resists the notion that our movements remain the same, I propose we question our strategies that silence women, trans* and people of color. My masculinity is created out of a colonialist legacy that gains power and protects privileges simply based on the facts that I am a white and male; and I am not just speaking to financial power, white supremacy and patriarchy are not contingent on class even if they are highly influenced by capital power. The only way I am able to further develop an analysis on the personal is through listening to people who have been oppressed by the same systems that have privileged me and have conditioned me to disregard the voices of women, trans,* LGBT and people of color. Yet, isn’t it evident that this is the ultimate white male privilege? My masculinity is one that refuses to be centered around this systematic assignment and challenge myself (also breaking the limits of what “man,” is supposed to mean) and refuse the de-masculinization that has been normalized as white men who speak on issues of sexist and racist violence. The personal should not just be left to the feminists. Rape culture is an aspect of the patriarchy that I must engage in strategies to abolish, listening to the thoughtful works created from primarily feminists and taking action to help educate and support the resistance of sexual violence in our communities and political actions is my responsibility.

Oscar Grant, Tray Von Martin, Jordan Davis, Renisha McBride, Aiyana Jones and Kendrick Johnson are all black people who have been racially profiled and murdered by police brutality which is the creation of the white supremacy. Mumia Abu-Jamal, the members of MOVE 9 and people part of The Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Front are still incarcerated. Assata Shakur remains on America’s Most Wanted Terrorist List. While there too are many white people who are political prisoners and die at the expense of their political work, the violence is outrageously disproportionate and has a historical legacy that outnumbers violence against white folks.

Libcom.org still features the documentations of Smack A White Boy Part 2, an action against a Crimthinc. convergence held in a neighborhood facing gentrification. The action aimed to evict white people and show visibility of entitlement to gentrification and also question the solidarity of political groups. This action received a lot of negative attention because of the strategies that were used to call attention to white folks, even poor white folks, and their continuous entitlement to partake in the gentrification of impoverished black neighborhoods. When will we realize that these strategies warrant courage and are direct results of the oppression specifically related to the almost 500 year white legacy of entitlement to land? When will we see that racially oppressed people and women and trans* people are in resistance to us, just as much as we are in resistance to the state? When will we realize we cannot truly empower ourselves by disempowering others? When we will note the privileges of back to the land movements that are eurocentric and perpetuate colonialist legacy? When will we see the harms that urban homesteading in gentrified neighborhoods creates?

To warrant a dire and potential threat to the work we are currently embracing in the support of other countries violence from the US forces and countries that have conflicts without US military infiltration, I ask us to look at the legacy of the US citizens normalizing their power and voice to state what type of support we should provide to other countries, as well our inherent conditions to believe that the US and the folks associated with it have the power to transform international violence? We have barely paved way on the land we still need to recognize nationally as stolen. Yes, we should continue to provide aid to countries that are facing challenges and stay in solidarity with them, but this cannot result in us refusing to do the interpersonal work that our communities so severely need in order to strengthen our visibility for violence in our own backyards. Inherently, how are we to transform international violence without first making efforts to transform ourselves, our communities and then the state and nation?

We have to acknowledge the profound works of feminists such as Angela Davis who speaks revolutionary wisdom on the abolition of the industrial prison complex and bell hooks who provides support to feminists to all feminists. Let us highlight the works of Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre and The Guerilla Girls. The works of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence have provided profound contributions to dismantling violence world wide and providing accessible tools for all to intervene in interpersonal violence.

This is a call to my anarchist comrades to fully acknowledge the works of feminists and radicals of color. We cannot dismantle the state without deconstructing ourselves and seeing where the faults in our movements are. The perpetuations of misogyny and transmisogyny need to come to an end. We need to stop associating masculinity with the entitlement to perpetuate sexist and racist violence. Male folks are born with severe conditions that lead them to believe that there self-reflection is too feminine. Anarchist males are conditioned to ignore the interpersonal and work solely on the political. We are taught to disregard all others and give respect to our male comrades. We become so dense in these conditions that we can’t see that we use our abuse and violence to silence those who are harmed by our actions. We don’t have healthy ways of receiving the critique of our feminist and folks of color comrades, instead we isolate them when they can’t accept our flaws and further, our ability to receive self-reflection is so sound, we don’t even realize we are capable of receiving this information and working to change ourselves. Our internalized misogyny and racism should not be tolerated, we lose too many critical and important voices when our weaknesses are shown and we use dominance to hide our feelings.

We must face the fact that we have inherited these white male privileges from the same systems that are also responsible for genocide, slavery and rape culture. However, change is not possible if we do not finally include ourselves in these conversations and take preventative actions for oppression to seize from existing. We must listen to our anarchist comrades with open ears and establish courage and to transform ourselves and support to our comrades who also actively want to change.

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where did I leave my flagellator? we were taking turns with it last night but it looks like it's time for me to just do all that to myself again.

The date for this is wrong, it's supposed to say 2010.
Jokes aside, my response to this is a mix of agree, indifferent and disagree, but I wonder the point of this being up here. I think most everyone on this site is already familiar with these arguments and has made up their mind one way or another, but the posting is kinda acting like it's introducing some pretty well circulated ideas to the @news world.
Also, really tired of hearing Voltairine DeCleyre and Emma Goldman brought up as being mainly feminists that just happened to be anarchists, instead of women whose relentless desire for freedom naturally meant they couldn't stand the limitations of sexism but didn't give a damn for the dogmas and victim mentality of modern radical feminism. I don't know if either overtly identified as feminists, but even if they did, you know that they'd be the first people cast out of modern day anarcha circles as "patriarchy apologists". Being far enough in the past allows them to get tied to agendas they'd never stand for.

hahahahahaha manarchists trying to claim emma goldman

You mean not feminist then Emma Goldman was indeed not a feminist.

"White Supremacy and patriarchy are not myths created by oppressed people to tangle the truths of the history of North America and white colonized continents."

No they are myths created by self important White/Jewish leftists poisoned by Marxist ideology when no anarchism was around to challenge it back in the 1960s.

Please, tell us more about men's rights.

"No they are myths created by self important White/Jewish leftists poisoned by Marxist ideology"

IT'S A JEWISH CONSPIRACY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I had a feeling that Sir Einzige was a right-winger with some anti-jewish crap thrown in there. They had already sprouted off about some New Age religious bullshit.

Damn, avoid saying "Jew", even though white is thrown around without consequence of conspiracy accusation. It is so easy to say white and place blame on a racial culture, but target a politicized religion, you must be a Nazi. Just some context, Sir EinZige is a black man from Harlem.

Go fuck yourself nazi! Get the fuck out of here with that shit.

Mr. Peabody gave me a ride in his WABAC machine and I learned the truth. Hitler, working with the aliens, have been fighting the lizard people to save the world from the coming of Jesus. You were there, but you didn't look like you.

"Sir EinZige is a black man from Harlem."

Well Toronto actually and I refer to myself as mixed/mulatto-black/white.

I thought that comment might make certain radical politically correct leftist types hot and bothered which is why I made it:) Obvious good point about the double standard of white/jew. If you have been following my posts long enough then you know I say disparaging things about black politics to. I guess I(as Schopenhauer did) hate everybody.

The comment for those with basic common sense was purely descriptive.

Jew doesn't just refer to a religion

Do we have to go there again for the m-teenth time? The word jew should be deleted, I wont go into it, it is a harrowing story, but no, leave it and jewishness alone, or your sanity will fail! The classification of any racial group is absurd and creates alienation and division. Why do you think that the 'jews' as a people have retreated into their mythical and spiritual 'utopia'Israel because of them having been hounded for the last 2000 years by revengeful christians, as have the muslims? The whole filthy biblical narrative should be deleted. As Johnathon Swift said, >
"There is more than enough religion in the world, but not enough love"

right so sexism and racism don't exist...lol

CAN YOU FLESH OUT THIS THOUGHT HISTORICALLY? (SINCERE REQUEST)

The above article said:

"Libcom.org still features the documentations of Smack A White Boy Part 2, an action against a Crimthinc. convergence held in a neighborhood facing gentrification. The action aimed to evict white people and show visibility of entitlement to gentrification and also question the solidarity of political groups. This action received a lot of negative attention because of the strategies that were used to call attention to white folks, even poor white folks, and their continuous entitlement to partake in the gentrification of impoverished black neighborhoods. When will we realize that these strategies warrant courage and are direct results of the oppression specifically related to the almost 500 year white legacy of entitlement to land? When will we see that racially oppressed people and women and trans* people are in resistance to us, just as much as we are in resistance to the state? When will we realize we cannot truly empower ourselves by disempowering others? When we will note the privileges of back to the land movements that are eurocentric and perpetuate colonialist legacy? When will we see the harms that urban homesteading in gentrified neighborhoods creates?"

GENERALIZE MUCH. smack a whiteboy was the dumbest fucking thing ever. people like you need to stop thinking and just fucking smack yourself instead. holy shit. i'm constantly amazed by other shit "anarchists" do. get fucking real asshole.

Seriously. This is fucking incredible. I feel like I'm 17 again and staring at reportbacks on the internet with an expression of confusion and sinking dread as I slowly realize that anarchism isn't as cool as I thought it was.

Yes my comrade, I too remember that crushing moment of realization and to painfully remind myself, at least once a year I go to @ bookfair and then follow it up with about a month or so of binge drinking.

The article "The Summer Anarchy Died" tells you everything you need to know about this attack on the Crimethinc convergence.

http://firetotheprisons.com/pdf/fttp7.pdf

Thats actually a really good fuckin' article. I love the line " The coroner, with assurance, concluded that ridiculousness was the instrument of death that killed Anarchy. The tombstone reads “irrelevant."

I miss FTTP

Whatever happened to Spitting Crow?

I'd like to smack this white boy...not really, I love saying that because I hate.

Drop out of the leftist ghetto. Stop trying to convince demagogues to tow your line...they are an agent of control and their logic is that of becoming the state. If you need to be surrounded by people to feel like something is happening, use whatever means you can to attract them on your own. When anarchists think it is logical to stand back and let moralists dominate and create (reverse) power hierarchies, they already lost the game.

I think instead of attending leftist shit and trying to organize with them, it would be better to go to evangelical churches and try to organize acts of destruction. Call it iconoclasm, since they don't believe in the separate of church and state, so rattling this state in waiting might bring a much more interesting struggle than fucking with leftists and their stupid group meetings.

Yes, I'm being serious. This is where power needs to be destroyed most. Leftists in America are marginal. Christian fundamentalists have brought Carter, Reagan, Bush and Bush to power, so they are a real force to deal with. I'm not talking about Tea Party fringe either, I'm talking about the dominant religions in America where the majority of people participate.

As far as scary, these are the same people that made Stalin's balls shrink up. They control the rural ways, they control many large cities. They volunteer into the military. They build the bombs. They are judges, politicians, community leaders. They have real power. Historically speaking, the evangelicals are the dominant settlers, the dominant colonialists, the dominant white people and shaking their foundations would do more damage than another stupid meeting with leftists. Evangelical culture is America's colonialism and finding ways to destabilize this power matters far more to decolonial struggle than white people in POC territory acting as guilty allies. They want you to fuck off white anarchists, so accept the dichotomy as real and attack white culture inside its own house.

BUT TO LOVE ANARCHISM, YOU HAVE TO LOVE IT BC IT IS AS EVIL AS EVERYTHING ELSE, AS EVIL COLONIALIST WHITE CULTURE. EVERYTHING IS EQUALLLY EVIL. THIS IS THE WAY OF GREAT WISDOM ._.

booo fuck you, go back to reading bell hooks and stop calling yourself an anarchist

"White supremacy" and "patriarchy" are Marxist-Leninist dog-whistles to which all weak anarchist subculture weenies respond, because there is no distinct content to what's called anarchism in today's US, and guilt is a significant component of the character structure of anarchist subculture ding-a-lings.

"We cannot dismantle the state without deconstructing ourselves and seeing where the faults in our movements are."

This weak liberal guilt-tripping therapy-geek asshole should go "deconstruct" himself off of the Golden Gate Bridge. Quote-unquote "anarchism" in today's US is not a "movement," it is a terminally disengaged subcultural identity phenomenon.

This stuff is one hundred percent counter-subversive, harmless to the larger monstrosity around us, and since it has nothing to offer in practice to the possibility of mass collective working class resistance to capitalism it merits only spitballs.

Historical context:

The interruption of the 2009 CrimethInc. convergence was a stunt pulled by a small splinter group that was making a power grab inside APOC to try to move it away from anarchism. (Hence their announcement in the course of the action that APOC stood for "AUTONOMOUS People of Color.") None of them were even from Pittsburgh, nor lived there. The most racist thing that happened there was the way white convergence organizers abandoned the space of confrontation to convergence organizers of color out of fear of being called racist. That meant that the people of color who were organizing the event were left on their own to fight with the people of color who were disrupting it. That experience speaks volumes about the ways that white boys' good intentions leave their comrades high and dry when shit gets real. However good your intentions feel, author, don't lead yourself astray into supporting anti-anarchist bullshit like that. That won't even make you a good anti-racist ally, or whatever it is you want to see yourself as.

All of this has been extensively documented elsewhere. Goodness knows why Libcom keeps that communique up on their site; it's not exactly what you'd call a masterpiece of anti-authoritarian writing. Maybe from their perspective, any attack on CrimethInc. is welcome.

WHITE WOMEN ARENT NIGGERS. IF YOU WANT TO THINK OF YOURSELF AS A BLACK SLAVE, GO RIGHT AHEAD, BUT LEAVE OTHER NON-MAOIST SHITFORBRAINS WANNA BE RASTAFARIANS COLLGE DORM HOUSE MOMS OUT OF YOUR CREEPY STOCKHOLM SYNDROME BLACKFACE RACIST FANTASY. AND YEAH, NO SHIT, COPS SHOOT PEOPLE AND WHITE BOYS ARE SCARED, ITS A REAL PERSONAL DIRECTED REVELATION...

I remember this happening and thinking with wild glee that the subculturalist and identitarian "anarchisms" were killing each other off and some real shit was about to get going....how wrong I was.

People in the future will look back at the first decades of the 21st century and call it the era of Narcissism. Stirner may have some things to answer for, maybe?

Are actually still derivatives of the latter 20th century, which was a product of the failed libertarian attempts of the early 20th century. Marx still gets the balance of blame thus far.

I really don't get what you are saying. Stirner is responsible for ID pols??? What?!??

I meant Stirner's proposition, properly translated, I don't use the word ego, but rather a nuanced interpretation of what he meant, being >
'My own innate autonomous sovereignty'.
The Enlightenment is the real historical date for the paradigm shift, Stirner was the product of its conscious individuality away from the religious orthodoxy and authority, he offered an alternative view of life and left it at that. This is irresponsible because the layman must be given instructions and assisted in their self-analysis, otherwise this call for individualism leads to frivolous egotistical and narcissistic lifestyles, with all the consumerism and socialist/capitalist materialism filling the vacuum left by self-orientated identities.
There is only one way to avert the coming self-implosion of identity politics and that is for everyone to develope a spontaneity of thought and action in ones being and consciousness. Indigenous languages do not have a word for 'time or space'. We must seak to acquire this cognitive perspective before all is lost!!
BBB,,,bb,,b,

GG,,g, Filling the vacuum left WITH self-orientated identities BB,,b,

The article "The Summer Anarchy Died" tells you everything you need to know about this attack on the Crimethinc convergence.

http://firetotheprisons.com/pdf/fttp7.pdf

that article was fucking terrible. isn't there some collection of accounts on the crimethinc site from people who were actually there?

Libcomedy will take anything that is posted on it.

history....willl be written by the historians....

I suspect that that author is liberal, instead of being an anarchist. And since no one has yet to make a similar observation, I am coming to suspect in addition that each commenter above me is also indeed a liberal. Since I am not a liberal, it is upsetting to me that all anarchists are liberals, except for me.

Nice tongue in cheek reply!
The traditional anarchist had to have 3 prerequisite experiences under his/her/its sash/girdle/chastity belt to be considered worthy of the title. Many so-called anarchists ARE liberal and don't even know it. You know, they believe in democracy, Obama, Mandela, Chomsky, art and culture etc etc, but not in their own autonomous power!
Demographics shows that true anarchists are as rare as serial killers, estimated at 1 per million!! This means that there are probably about 7,000 real anarchists on the whole planet. If we could get them all together at once we might have a chance to really shake things up, in the way that the Spanish Civil War attracted anarchists willing to die for their beliefs { 1 of the 3 prerequisite qualities}. That was the last time a devoted division of anarchists unified as one body and fought the fascists in large and formidable numbers.
However the mental paradigm has shifted these last 75 years, time changes the alertness of things,war is still there, but more secretive and with less collateral damage, the dynamics of coercion/conversion/conviction have evolved into an esoteric science.
I'm installed in an elevator floor signalling circuit in a multinationally owned skyscraper, and from what I've gathered eavesdropping on the conversions in the lift, most liberals are capitalists and vice versa!

*GGggrrr,,rr,r,* conversations in the lift * BBbbrrrr,,,rrr,,rr,r

Also, on another facet, idealism can be confused with liberalism, maybe we should give the author benefit of the doubt?

"Male folks are born with severe conditions that lead them to believe that there self-reflection is too feminine. Anarchist males are conditioned to ignore the interpersonal and work solely on the political. We are taught to disregard all others and give respect to our male comrades. We become so dense in these conditions that we can’t see that we use our abuse and violence to silence those who are harmed by our actions. We don’t have healthy ways of receiving the critique of our feminist and folks of color comrades, instead we isolate them when they can’t accept our flaws and further, our ability to receive self-reflection is so sound, we don’t even realize we are capable of receiving this information and working to change ourselves. Our internalized misogyny and racism should not be tolerated, we lose too many critical and important voices when our weaknesses are shown and we use dominance to hide our feelings."

its just a more emo way of saying some of the thinsEmile has said + some annoying mooist language. is emile a liberal?I dont think its liberal just because you dont want to cause a nuclear holocaust burn everything on the planet and turn all women into brainless robot slaves

besides, IM the biggest non-liberal here. thes rest of yall are just legal buttfucking weddings gossiping about bob black smoking the legal weed and thanking the stars for black jesus obama and the gangster nsa.

this is clearly way more important than anti-police rioting in New Mexico

Sarcasm accepted, and it just so happens that fighting the police is the 2nd prerequisite required to be a true anarchist. Theory does have its 20% function though. BBrr,,rr,r

We definitely need to focus all our energy combating sexist comrades and purging them from our midst. This is clearly the most important action we could be doing right now. If the sexist comrades who are obviously around everywhere doing obviously manarchist things are not stopped this instance we might never defeat patriarchy completely on the internet.

Just last Thursday there was a local sports riot where manarchists were overheard telling women to "take it off." How can we sit back and watch these manarchists doing what they love (rioting) while enforcing the patriarchy how they always do. We need to at once have meetings with anyone that will listen to us in order to shame and put on suspension all manarchists in our midst.

This all makes sense and it's not liberals that are confused or ideological enemies looking to attack the cool ideology on the block. Once we are able to completely purify our anarchist scenes we will then be ready to convince the world of our true message.

Attack the white cisboys be prepared for the anti-manarchist future. Our numbers are growing stronger by day, the United States of America anarchist movement might not be as strong as everywhere else but at least we are friends with liberals and marxist PHD professors. Long live the 1970s we have nothing to lose but our chains, we are the new cointellpro

"You won't believe what this white boy did to self reflect against the patriarchy"

Language teachers hate him!

is this not smack a white enough for you

ill do you harder

Black female doms on bottom white twinky males, that's the only good thing that could ever come out of this Smack a White Boy affair.

yeah, commodity fetishism is abt the best thing a petrified walking penis is going to get out of this, tru. and the wish to be more exotic and masochistic by dummy puppet "feminists".

This article it's pure bullshit. White supremacy is too real and has a tendency to coopt movements even anti racists ones. In this context the only way to go is down and that's how.rap stayed black in spite of vanilla ice and the beastie boys c.f. jazz and blues, no more the music of urban black youths but.white people and their bourgeoified lapdog of color. Smack a white boy indeed.

That's my official sub-title

national geographic is hot. its been really important to emancipatory politics as well, bc we as a middle american white culture have learned so much about exotic cultures where women dont wear bras.

is oakland the more neoliberal police state ghetto section of berkeley? or, like, what

i'm really into the photographic stuff leni reifenstahl did wit the african nuba tribe

Cops and fash, pretty soon there won't even be a difference.

Yeah, you're right. Pretty soon we'll see people declaring themselves the king of anarchy.

And caviar screams. I invented that joke I was the first to ever say that. It's a knock on Hegel if you hadn't noticed. I've read all the Hegel with the utmost care and attention and you look like a negation of a negation of a negation of a negation...

fav moment of the crimethinc covergence was when the black lady spy from the development corporation came in "for a tour" and then called the health department to try to get the event evicted. her and a buddy were the only pissed off locals those dumbass apoc people from philly could point to for why they were trying to evict that building in the italian area of town.

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