Sunday, November 19, 2006


Nobody likes being stereotyped and mistreated because of how they look ... remember?

Replacing sexism with racism is NOT a proper holla back.

Due in part to prevalent stereotypes of men of color as sexual predators or predisposed to violence, HOLLABACKCHICAGO asks that contributors not discuss the race of harassers or include other racialized commentary.

If you feel that race is important to your story, please make sure its relevance is explained clearly and constructively in your post.

Initiatives combating of sexual harassment and assault have struggled against the perpetuation of racist stereotypes, particularly construing men of color as sexual predators. There exist widespread fictions regarding who perpetrators are: the myth of racial minorities, particularly Latino and Black men, as prototypical rapists and prone to violence is quite common. This stems in part from a tragic and violent history in which Black men in the U.S. were commonly and unjustly accused of assaulting white women as well as lynched by mobs and “tried” in biased courts.

Because of the complexity of institutional and socially ingrained prejudices, Holla Back prioritizes resisting both direct and unconscious/ unintentional reinforcement of unfair hierarchies. Simultaneously, HOLLABACK aims to highlight interrelations between sexism, racism and other forms of bias and violence.

Further Reading:

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.” Short, accessible piece on white privilege and male privilege.

“A Black Feminist Critique of Same-Race Street Harassment”

Focuses on the experiences of Black lesbians and the need for Black women to hold Black men accountable for upholding Black patriarchy.

“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color”

Considers the intersections of racism and patriarchy, and how the experiences of women of color remain unrepresented within the discourses of both feminism and antiracism.