Cunt Vs. Nigger

I came across this hilarious video at Feministe.

It is a wonderful parody on why news agencies have not aggressively covered an incident in 1992, when John McCain allegedly referred to his wife as a cunt.  Yes, the dirty C word.  In most cases the uttering of such a word is worthy of a swift kick at the very least.  The part of this video I wish to call to your attention too begins at 1:00 in and ends at 1:08.

Anonymous Black woman: John McCain called his wife the worst word there is.

Anonymous Black Man: What, She’s not even black

Anonymous White Man: No cunt, John Mccain called his wife a cunt

Anonymous Black Man: No way

While this video takes a jab at John MCcain, if you are listening closely you can see a problem that is just as large, that is skipped over as meaningless commentary. Clearly the word that the anonymous black male had in mind was nigger.  Even though he was told that the conversation was about a white woman, his first thought was nigger. I think that this is a very revealing look at the black male psyche.  In their mind the only oppression that is real, is related to race. Gender very seldom factors into the equation, and this is a problem.  The key here is that, while a black male is usually oppressed due to race or class, they still operate with a form of male privilege. What frustrates them is the inability to act on their privilege akin to white males. 

While all POC must negotiate racism, it is only women that must negotiate sexism.  Even though black men represent an oppressed group within society, they are still intent on creating a patriarchal power structure that mirrors the one currently run by white males. It is seen as hyper masculine for a man to privilege male concerns over female.  We are after all just whining, over sensitive women. Though the male in the video was ready to jump on ball with the critique of John McCains language, it is nevertheless telling that his first thought was not gender, but race.

For WOC this is not a case of competing oppressions.  Our color does not in any way cause more oppression than our gender. In fact the two combine to create a unique kind of social stigmatization that is specific only to us. According to bell hooks, the black woman has no institutionalized other, and I firmly agree with this statement. While black men may claim to be our allies, we must question this assertion.  Until gender becomes a priority in the decolonization struggle of people of color, WOC must recuse ourselves on the grounds that this movement does not speak to all of our issues. Newsflash the word cunt gets thrown at black women too, and it is equally demeaning as the word nigger.

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One comment on “Cunt Vs. Nigger
  1. The Truth says:

    Sorry, but your arguement is straight up laughable. White woman oppression is a myth just like the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy. Cunt is 1/8th the power of the word “nigger”. The only thing stronger than that is your own female privilege. Get over it, feminazi’s. Nobody is buying your bullshit.