White supremacy is not a recent phenomenon. It is the founding and continued institutional ideology of this country. Trump may have managed a lukewarm and delayed rebuke of the KKK in his second speech about Charlottesville, three days after the fact, but we won’t forget his first, where all he could muster was a typically vague, typically cowardly indictment of violence “on many sides.”
We won’t forget, not even for a minute, that some of the highest positions in the current administration are occupied by white supremacists. We won’t forget who appointed them to those positions. And we won’t forget that it was white men and women of all educational, religious, and economic backgrounds who elected Trump to office which gave him the power to do so.
We see mainstream media’s hesitance to call this what it is: homegrown domestic terrorism. We see the ACLU defending the bodies and actions of white supremacists in the name of free speech—reinforcing our national denial of the fact that marches organized explicitly to spew hate at Black, Brown, and Jewish citizens are in themselves violent acts.
Like each of you, we’re here to bear witness and annotate these historical events. But we’re also here as a fiercely independent feminist media outlet to publish perspectives and amplify ideas that will change the course that lies ahead. Keep reading. Keep taking care of yourselves and taking care of each other. Keep acting out and showing up. Our light will shine brighter than a bunch of ugly-ass tiki torches. This feminist community is only getting stronger, louder, and more powerful.
The momentum is ours.
Pop culture matters and critiquing it is what we do here at Bitch Media. Now more than ever, I think it’s pretty clear that we don’t need a TV show run by two white men that asks the question “Whoa! What if the Confederacy wasn’t defeated and slavery and all its racism and horrors was still happening?
— Dahlia G-H (@salvadordahlia) August 12, 2017