Radical Women of Color Bloggers

I’ve been meaning to write about how excited I am to be part of the Radical Women of Color Bloggers‘ blogging community! It’s one of the main reasons I decided to actually start a blog. Prior to learning about them, blogging seemed like another individualistic, elitist, white, hetero-normative thing to do. Little did I realize how blogging can be used as tool to uncover and fight racism and oppression, as well as provide a platform for self-transformation. Yeah, it’s that cool.

To draw from some readings I’ve been doing on Margaret Wheatley, this online community is more than just creating a critical mass of radical voices in the blogosphere. I think that the revolutionary aspect of this is the critical connections we are creating with each other, and the Radical WoC Bloggers is giving us a medium to strengthen and broaden these connections.

A Radical WOC Carnival is published monthly, for the purposes of bringing together our voices, and this is its vision statement, worth re-publishing over and over agin:

Because Women of Color recognize that real world structural inequalities such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect, have restricted our access to the resources the internet has to offer our communities,

Because Women of Color recognize that computer literacy is a right that has long been denied to our communities,

Because the internet has been used as a tool to further racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations of Women of Color,

Because Women of Color recognize that these racist, sexist, and anti-queer fantasies/representations have very real world consequences for our communities and us,

Because Women of Color demand that the resources the internet has to offer be available to our communities,

Because Women of Color demand that computer literacy be restructured as to include those of us who must learn the computer in restricted settings (libraries, prisons, institutions, etc)

Because Women of Color demand a powerful, healthy, intelligent and WHOLE representation of themselves on the internet, the Radical Woman of Color Blog Carnival has been created!!

**Centering the voices, opinions, issues, interests, demands, problems, and solutions of women of color, this blog carnival will be used to connect the real world issues such as poverty, violence, imprisonment, and community neglect to the blogosphere.

**Publication date will be around the first of every month.

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  1. “blogging seemed like another individualistic, elitist, white, hetero-normative thing to do.” (I am interested to know what you had heard about blogging that informed your previous opinion.)

    Too many people in the world are invisible, especially Asian people. Your voice needs to be heard, your opinions need to be expressed, and your standpoint needs to be exposed.

    The way I see it even if your purpose for blogging is not so grand as “to uncover and fight racism and oppression, as well as provide a platform for self-transformation” the mere fact that you are blogging is doing all of those things.

    Somewhere in the world there is an isolated person who is reading a blog and now feeling connected and learning that there is an archipelago of beloved communities, of which that person is a member.

  2. I didn’t really “hear” anything about blogging, per se, that form my previous perception of it. It just seemed sooo individualistic and self-promotional, and it was never presented to me in the context of being part of a community — so I just assumed that it was a very white thing to do. Moreover, I didn’t really know any other POC bloggers, or any API bloggers for that matter at the time.

    I appreciate your comments – I think that is why I’m all about blogging now (and trying to get others to do it too!).




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