The Black First Land First movement is deeply saddened by the rape case that occured at Azania House. The scourge of patriarchy and rape culture are problems that need to be uprooted in black communities and especially in black movements of liberation. We condemn this act of violence and feel justice must take it’s course.
We send our heartfelt solidarity to the sister in question. In black radical spaces, misogyny and how it manifests as practises of rape culture, must be rooted out with white supremacy. As we engage in processes of liberation, we must be strenous in dealing with and unlearning rape culture and misogynoir by males in black radical spaces generally.
Our stance is and has always been to not deal with rape in isolation but to place it among many other social scourges produced by what the respected black radical feminist, bell hooks, calls “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy”.
Rape and other forms of violence against women in revolutionary spaces are used to silence women. The insistence on rape culture in these spaces is used to warn black women not to threaten the power and place black men occupy in society.
It seems our black male comrades are happy to use women to beautify the revolution but make sure that women dare not be too powerful and call out their oppressive conduct. For as long as women operate along the lines of patriarchy then men are happy.
Revolutionaries should reflect and critique themselves honestly. How many times have women been at the forefront of struggle but are always told not to bring up patriarchy and how it affect them in black revolutionary spaces? How, in future, do we deal with cases of black on black violence within our supposed safe black spaces?
BLF says may the revolution rid itself of this culture of violence and misogny so we can bring forth a new social reality wherein black women can feel safe in spaces of thinking and dreaming of liberation.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT
17 November 2015
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