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#MeToo Movement Founder Tells Women of Color 
   "Stop Giving Your Power Away to White Folks" 
#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke
“The No. 1 thing I hear from folks is that the #MeToo movement has forgotten us,” [Black, Hispanic and Native American women.] “Every day, we hear some version of that. But this is what I’m here to tell you: The #MeToo movement is not defined by what the media has told you.

" We are the movement, and so I need you to not opt out of the #Metoo movement. ... I need you to reframe your work to include sexual violence. That’s how we take back the narrative. Stop giving your power away to white folks.​"
“You know how many people say, ‘The #Metoo movement — well Hollywood’s got it.’ F--k Hollywood. Every time somebody asks me how I feel about them taking my movement, I say, ‘You can’t take s--t that’s mine. 

This is not about Tarana Burke owning something. This is about a community that I have lived in, worked in, given my blood sweat and tears to. This is our movement. Stop opting out of it.”
  "Stop Giving Your Power Away to White Folks"
Excerpts from the "Facing Race" Conference, Detroit, MI, Nov. 16, 2018 
“This is not about awareness. It’s about action. ”With #Metoo being as big and loud as it is, we don’t need more awareness,

This is about what happens after the hashtag, after the hoopla This is about the work.”

If an issue is affecting any segment of our community, it affects our entire community, and we need a community response.” 

 “It was very difficult to get folk to rally around this issue.”
“We heard every manner of excuse ‘It’s really about white supremacy because our folks don’t have a history of that kind of thing back in Africa’ or ‘the real issue isn’t sexual violence, it’s false accusations against black men’ or my personal favorite ‘This is not a social justice issue; this is a social work issue.

I’m at the junior high school and I have sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls and more than half of these girls’ lives have been touched by sexual violence. What we heard back was they need more guidance counselors.
“This is hard. These are mostly women of color, queer women of color who are dealing with layers of s—t. I’ve gotten more death threats from black men than anybody else. After Cosby was indicted and R. Kelly took off, I got tons of threats from black men. Some of them were death threats

Why do we have to die? I’m not saying people writing on Facebook ‘You should die!’ I’m talking about coming to your house. I’m talking about having to relocate. … This is not a game. We are in the midst of a crisis around that. I’ve got a child. I had to pull my daughter out of school over some bulls—t. I’m sorry to keep cursing, but it’s just not easy.”

“We come to work because we are the work,” she said. “We work in these different fields because it’s our lived experiences and we have survived sexual violence in addition to other things. 

We watch folks find the intersection of every other issue except sexual violence. Do you know how painful it is to watch people actively not care about your lived experience? We experience it all the time.”
Alt-Black.com Calls for Support of
 #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke

EDITORIAL

#MeToo Founder Tarana Burke's remarks today at the "Facing Race" conference in Detroit, deserves the unqualified support of Black Nationalists and the Darker Nation. 

Accordingly, we have provided excerpts of her speech today for your review in the blue sidebars.  

Dropping hard truths in uncompromising language, Ms. Burke's delivered a crucial message to women of color; No matter much the media portrays #MeToo as a liberal white women's movement, or a celebrity driven scandal machine to out Hollywood players and political sexual predators, women of color must stand their ground. They must refocus the narrative of the movement on behalf of poor and disadvantaged women. 

"Stop giving your power away to white folks. This is our movement. Stop opting out of it," said Burke. If white women have a 'Becky Situation,' they'll need to resolve it; we have work to do, she seemed to suggest.

The timing of Ms. Burke's speech was elegant. In the wake of Brett Kavanagh's controversial Supreme Court nomination, and the 2018 mid-terms elections, the media has focused on outraged white women visiting their revenge on Republicans last week at the ballot box. At the  the summit of its power, #MeToo is looking very "vanilla" these days.

Eerily similar to the two-front war Black women and Black Feminists fought in the sixties,  against the white dominated Women's Liberation Movement, then against sexist men in the Black Power movement, Burke also confronted a destructive mindset still plaguing Black communities. 

Her revelation that she received death threats from Black men after Bill Cosby's multiple rape convictions is shocking and painfully misguided. So are the roadblocks that Burke has experienced in Black communities when middle-school and  teenage girls are being sexually abused but Black civic leaders and professionals stonewall pursuit of the sexual predators. 

This is patently unacceptable. As Alternative Black Nationalists, Alt-Black.com has proffered a series of articles, urging Black Nationalist support for Black Women activists, Black Feminists, Black queer women and transgender communities. Black women leading #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and women of color leading the Women's March movement is the new "Feminists Mystique."  

Alt-Black.com stands in full support of Ms. Burkes remarks today. We keep telling white women to get on board with the new leadership realities, but we must board the train first. We encourage Black Nationalists and the Darker Nation to seriously consider Ms. Burke's admonition to do the work of #MeToo in our communities and refocus the narrative around sexual violence.   
















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