Due to the Oscars this weekend, the rest of the world learned that the biggest threat to feminism is white women. That is what we are to believe by the backlash that responded to Patricia Arquette’s comments advocating equal pay for equal work for women. Many women of color, or those who identify themselves within the LGBTQI spectrum feel that their voices are silenced by white feminists due to the benefits of white privilege . Although it is well documented and studied that women of color get an added racist multiplier of oppression, I believe her comments were not taken in the spirit she meant them and this backlash is an unfortunate case of friendly fire. Here is the statement that caused the uproar:
“It’s time for all the women in America, and all the men that love women and all the gay people and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now,” – Patricia Arquette
She is calling for collective action in support of equal pay for women. Historically, there has been a history of civil rights groups, gay rights activists and feminists working together is solidarity for a cause. Patricia wants those who have battled in those causes to unify once again for equal pay. Unfortunately, because she is white, the racial divides in our country and even amongst intellectuals have reared its ugly head. A moment to rally in the name of progressive action has collapsed under the weight of unwarranted criticism. All because a white woman said it. Wouldn’t an equal pay bill help all women, and not just white women? Wouldn’t it help all families, not just white families? If there is ever a time for solidarity, this is the time. Please don’t shoot your comrade.