Intersectionality by Celine Leduc
Intersectionality a word first used by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw that describes the plight of women of African descent who get killed by the police and whose names we do not know. Dr. Crenshaw made me think that African descent women are not alone the same principle can be applied to any woman that is NOT of European descent OR mentality. Euro-Canadians and Euro-Americans like their European counterpart do not use the principle of intersectionality correctly, and we DO NOT speak of women of African descent and other woman as strong leader, heroes and role models to counter stereotypes. We also silence their voices and refuse to talk about the two or three sides of the same problem, history is often five sided.
Radical pluralism (Dr. Amina Wadud) which challenges Muslims on the inclusion of women imams and the LGBT community. I use her methodology to include women from all ethnicity, religion and sexuality
“Ourstory” (Professor Bayyinah Bello) and my prism or focus which is “I and the Other”. “I” is me and my relationship with myself, my family, my society and other.
“I and the Other” my relationship with others starting from me and knowing who I am and my culture.
Five-sided history: my version the other’s version my heroes their heroes and our new version that is inclusive and honest.
In this short article or overview, I will address racism and reverse racism, derogatory language we use, and look at my relationship with others.
Each community has suffered exclusion and has been maligned in a different manner yet in similar method is used and is based on a premise that is a conclusion and not a question which causes a faulty theory.
SILENCE AND EUROCENTRICITY
My culture which is Euro-Americans which includes Americans (US) Canadians as England, France played a major role in colonization and the romanization of the Americas by Christian Eurocentric male leaders who wanted t make the American continent male and male only leadership. Males attitudes towards the other ethnic groups: African, Arabs, Asians, First Nation descent women/men. Religion or religious supremacy Christianity that negates Judaism and Islam hence excludes diversity in spirituality. Language used to describe “the other”. Perception of “the Other” his/her contribution negated through silence. Non-inclusive history epic stories and the silencing of all descent by not recoding the voice of women and all other ethnic groups. In other words if it is NOT written it does not exist.
What is romanization of Europe and Euro-Americans it includes: religion (Christianity and conversion), language English or French most words are from the Latin, laws based on Roman laws that govern women and all others that are not males. Those values and ideologies were imported in the New World and Africa.
The word “Intersectionality” and the movement “Black Lives Matter (BLM)” have something in common they were appropriated by Euro-Americans which includes Canadians scholars. Intersectionality in Euro-American ways focus solely on the intersectionality of White women as being central. In the BLM which is an Afro-American reality that highlights Police Violence like Intersectionality people of African descent have been criticized and accused of being racist or using reverse racism. In the BLM movement, Euro-Americans say all life matters except that of Afro-Americans. This is “Old Husband Tales” or fake news or urban legends therefore, nothing changes except for terminology that is being appropriated and hijacked.
Old Husband tales or how a minority became the moral compass of the world. One expressions that is repeated mindlessly by the dominant society (men-women). It starts with Visible minority and yet it is not honest as we only see White people which is the true visible minority as the European or Caucasian race is a minority in the world; by looking at it from this prism a new reality will emerge hopefully.
Intersectionality is about a Black women’s place in society she is inferior to all in Eurocentric society. White feminist see her as a victim of abuse they perceive her as being violated and violent. She is of inferior intellect as she is often the family leader, the sole earner in a single-family home. She is living on government aid be it in the US or Canada, her wages are lesser than others and she has problems getting a good job even with a degree or two. Hence her kids are considered uncivilized or even uncivil. Once again Old Husband Tales and FAKE news. Because, no one has taken in consideration racism and slavery.
Euro-Americans take slavery as something that happened in the past no one looks at the effect on people now. They also never look at the consequences of war and their bragging. Lower paying jobs, being exclude from some jobs even if qualified or eve overly qualified such as women who had two degrees (Master’s) to work as a filing clerk with n chances of getting a promotion.
Racism and reverse racism a sneaky way Eurocentric males us to avoid taking responsibility for racism by pointing an accusing fingers towards the other and avoiding to look at himself as males are the ones who classified people by ski tone making white the ultimate and superior race. Also, pushing eugenics as it proves their superiority and allows them to conduct inhumane research: look at residential schools in Canada, Concentration camps in Nazi Germany, conducting medical experiments on people of African descent including infecting them with gonorrhea without asking or sterilizing African women or testing new drugs all done without their consent including testing African men or women jailed with HIV/AID.
FOREIGN CREDENTIALS AND JOBS IN CANADA AND THE USA
Medical doctors with a medical degree from The France or England which is recognized internationally and that person worked at the UN to set up clinics all over the African continent. She or He cannot work in Quebec because they do not have a degree from Canada or Quebec. Because of immigration doctors who are knowledgeable about some tropical diseases are needed. This puts the life of patients at risk of misdiagnosis: Sickle Celle anemia or malaria or other unknown illnesses. Even if they do the classes required they might not be accepted in the Doctor’s association because they have no experience in Quebec. They end up sweeping floors in a hospital, working as caregiver or working in telemarketing to make ends meet.
Accountants women and men who worked at the World Bank cannot find a job in accounting for the same reason.
Architects, engineers cannot be recognized in the professional associations because, they do not recognize foreign degree.
EURO-WOMEN FOLLOW IN MEN’S FOOTSTEPS
Few if any Euro-Feminist have looked at their attitude towards women of African descent or other women. Few or no one has dared challenge Old Husband Tales. It seems that woman of European descent fear men and on the other hand want to recreate the same world order but feminize it and that is a danger. Feminizing the world order means that the leaders will be women however the principles the core values will remain as is, as they DO NOT rock the boat, in other words nothing will change. The rationale behind this unspoken reality is: it worked for men it will work for us, men have lead as patriarchs gave us patriarchy now welcome the matriarch era and matriarchy. The status quo remains and the same hierarchy remains intact as romanization of the world continues unchanged and unchallenged. Some of the challenges is romanticizing the past as being glorious based on the false premise of winning a war.
THE SOLUTION AND CONCLUSION
By using intersectionality as Dr. Crenshaw uses it, adding the idea of radical pluralism of Dr. Amina Wadud, add to this Professor Bayyinah Bello idea of Ourstory and using these teaching to my interest which is I and the other my relationship to the other based on knowing myself, my society my culture vis-à-vis women of various backgrounds. Our story has a beginning and mine starts with Cleopatra VII and two perceptions that are opposite the stories from the West or North makes her into a slut, a coward and loser plus she is whitewashed as she is White. The Egyptian perspective makes her a Black woman, that was a great business woman, who defended her land and who was courageous and she was killed or murdered twice: First physically by the goons of Augustus and the secondly by his historians Plutarch and Cicero and their biased view became the blueprint for Euro-historians, the story of the military victorious.
Ancient Romans used rhetoric instead of philosophy as they sold their lies for over two-thousand years. Their objective was to make the world UNIVERSALLY ROMAN. One god man, one language Latin which became the language of god and history which is his epic story. It was Julius men who burned the Library of Alexandria that included everyone and their lineage and history as identity mattered as did lineage, ethnicity religions and language which was the Greek way. History is his story and the epic story of women who emulated Him it is NOT “ourstory” it is His story will now be feminized to become “Herstory” of glory or epic story and not “Ourstory”. Greeks offered at least five version of facts so people could be properly informed.