Bahar Mustafa – Goldsmiths Students’ Union Officer Refutes Accusation Of Racism And Sexism
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[Bahar Mustafa – Goldsmiths Students’ Union Officer Refutes Accusation Of Racism And Sexism]
[Goldsmiths Students’ Union Welfare and Diversity Officer Bahar Mustafa:] Source: LYBIO.net
On 20th of April at 5 pm, [ ] people congregated in the ground floor of the students’ union in a room named after a familiar black activists and revolutionary communist, Angela Davis. The nature of the gathering was a political meeting, to discuss how we, as BME students, are going to campaign around the issues that have been raised by liberation movements on campus and the most recent occupation.
And that is what it was. It was not anti-racism rally nor was it an event to celebrate the cultural diversity in the institution. I most definitely not an ‘equality protest’ as it was dubbed by the media. The backlash following on the by the – following on former student by original article an attack was an outrageous distortion of fact and ironically did the opposite or what this meeting was meant to achieve.
The meeting was called for by BME Women and non-binary people, which I, as representative of this community listen to fully supported and facilitate this space for.
Minority peoples organizing autonomously its not new. And if our right-wing critics got enough time in researching the struggle – the history of our struggle in they do in smearing us all over social media than they might see – they might not been outraged by our intimate meeting.
Since the media storm, my position as well as a Diversity Officer has been called into question both to my [ ] student elections for this post and I was one with the manifesto which stated ‘I represent the mostly traditionally unrepresented’. In an unequal society where power relations in the wider world [ ] our institutions; how can one possibly represent the needs of all people when people by virtue of their gender, race and class have opposing interests. I said it before and I will say it again, I represent the most marginalized people of Goldsmiths.
Furthermore, there have been charges made against me that I am racist and sexist to white men.
I want to explain why this is false. I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describes structures of privilege based on race and gender.
I want to explain why this is false. I, an ethnic minority woman, cannot be racist or sexist towards white men, because racism and sexism describe structures of privilege based on race and gender, and therefore women of color and minority genders cannot be racist or sexist, since we do not stand to benefit from such a system.
In order for our actions to have been deemed racist or sexist, the current system would was ought to be one which enables only people of color and women to benefit economically and socially on such a large scale and to the systematic exclusion of white men – of white people that are men, who for the past 400 years would have to have been subjected to block colonization. We do not live in such a system, we do not know of such a history, reverse racism and reverse sexism are not real.
[Bahar Mustafa:] Source: LYBIO.net
Despite of the challenge shameful character assassination the right media have been [ ] looking at, this isn’t about me.
And despite this protest to humiliate and deliberate 27-year old women of color from a working class immigrant family, this is about my struggle.
I’m just one person and there have been many people before me and there will be many more after me who will be the targets of racial and gender abuse.
This is only one in a series of the tactical minority women on campus since the start of the term, which has received national and even international media attention.
And if we consider recent scandals regarding BME people in positions of power in the UK, it cannot be just coincidence that this story has gained huge coverage alongside the smearing of the black candidate who ran in the U.S. national conference 2015 for full time run.
These attacks on people of color are politically and ideologically driven along racial lines.
The thought people of color holding positions of power frightens white supremacy the system build on and sustains through the impression of BME people, minority genders and a [ ].
No, this is not me, this is about us, this is about our struggle, this is about all minorities and this is even about every single person in this room, because in the project for emancipation’s for all oppressive systems an injury to one, is an injury to all.
And when you fame neutrality, and [ ] lip sealed while a young woman is receiving death threats and comments like, ‘that smug self righteous look makes me just wanna prime and ready battle my hand’.
[Bahar Mustafa:] Source: LYBIO.net
Then your silence is violence. And we wear the scars. And it appeals to but we’re all just human [indiscernible] for me considered history of colonization based on the ongoing project of dehumanize us.
We’re simply not just individuals and oppression doesn’t happen in a vacuum.
Social relations are incumbent by power and who holds what power over who is [indiscernible] by material conditions.
The difference between the way we experienced protests and the way white men are discriminated again is not our discrimination is always marked by the very fact of our gender and our race in relation to a whiter system of domination which historically privileges of white men colonizing of us whose bodies are colonized.
This consistently serves us to remind us that we have no state in white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, whereas white supremacy has everything to lose – because white supremacy has everything because the entire world is safe space for the white powerful men because people who benefit from white supremacy will never truly understand what it feels like to be reminded of the [trauma] of their ancestors’ oppression or the creeping and paralyzing sensation of fear from an abusive boyfriend – trying to leave but he wan’t let you.
And you know two women in the UK are killed by their male partners every week.
[Bahar Mustafa:] Source: LYBIO.net
[There] will never really know what’s like to feel terror [through] disclosing to a friend you you were just sexually assaulted because you know society likes to paint women and girls as liars.
And if you are a woman of color, the blacks-lash is tenfold.
But it also reminds me that we have everything to gain, women, LGBT class, disabled, BME people will never apologize for taking back space, especially in the faces of society that directly benefits from our systematic exclusion.
To denied the legitimacy of this [ ] is to commit and act of violence, to appeal to liberal interpretation of oppression is oppression, and must to be resisted.
When the positions of the most privileged people in society are threatened by us, they do everything they can to cling on desperately to their power, but if the right wing media and our opponents think they scared us in silence or distracted us from our struggle – then it is them who should be scared because we are not going down that fight simply we’re not going down.
Women are know wondering why people of color reject any view which suggests that we live in a post-racist, post-sexist society that uninformed by class relations.
We reject this view, not only ideologically but because our lived experience has forced us to know the facts of our oppression.
We at BME, we are disabled, we are queer, we are angry and we are organized.
We will not be silenced; we are militant.
The world is not ready for minorities to challenge the status quo, but resistance to our resistance is futile.
[Bahar Mustafa:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
And I’m gonna eat with one quote from old Mexican proverb, they tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.
Thank you for listening.
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