Note from BW of Brazil: Often times when the many topics that I cover on this blog come up, I get shade from folks living in Brazil because they don’t like seeing such facts about Brazilian society coming out and reaching people outside of the country. Like, “you’re giving Brazil a bad name.” Well, actually, I don’t need to. All I do is let the facts speak for themselves. Although I am quite aware of many things that happen here, many stories I only learn about because there are Brazilians who are willing to speak honestly about their country and then post their observations online. Today’s post is another good example.
I’ve consistently reported on how Afro-Brazilians are basically shut out in a number of areas in society and this exclusion is so normal that it’s seen as…well, normal. It’s like, whiteness as representative of the entire society is the status quo and when someone points it out, instead of asking the question of why things are the way that they are, people will verbally assault the person who points it out. In terms of today’s post, I’ll be honest and say that I don’t really follow blogs about motherhood, but apparently, Dany Santos does. And Santos’s views on the maternal blog-o-sphere is pretty consistent with what we see in areas such as YouTube, advertising, the mainstream media and so many other genres.
So, as you read through this short article, remember not to kill the messenger. After all, if Dany Santos, a white woman, can see it and is honest enough to write about, instead of getting mad or defensive, why not just do your part and try to change the society?
The maternal blogosphere is white
By Dany Santos
Think fast and quote a maternal page of a black woman.
Black mothers women leave their children at home (who knows with whom) to clean the houses of white people.
I’m running the risk right now of receiving a barrage of criticism. I don’t care. I care to position myself because whoever does not stand up is on the side of the oppressor. And it’s not on this side that I was born to be on.
I have frequented the maternal blogosphere since 2007/2008. In almost ten years of blogging, I was able to count on the fingers of one hand black maternal bloggers. Think fast and quote here a maternal page of a black woman.
It has a lot of web sub-celebrity. How many are black? How many black women have a page with zillions of followers? How many are Youtubers? How many blogueiras negras (black women bloggers) are sponsored by these corporations that email us almost every day? How many wrote books about motherhood? How many became maternity coaches? How many calls are there to TV shows? How many participate in conferences and give workshops?
The maternal blogosphere is white.
Do you know why? Because the privilege that branquitude (whiteness) gives us – I am branca (a white woman) – does not reach mulheres mães negras (black women mothers). They are invisible. They die the most in childbirth. Yes, black women die more than white women. They are cleaning the houses of white people so that white women read books, think and write.
Time. Time is the privilege of whiteness. White women mother bloggers can maintain pages, blogs and channels on Youtube because black women mothers leave their children at home (who knows with whom) to clean the houses of white women, to iron white women’s clothes, to take care of white women’s children.
I’m not pointing a finger at you or at me. It is a social, gender and racism problem. What we can do for now is to recognize that black women have been taking care of our children and neglecting to take care of theirs so that we engage, frequent conversation circles, read about feminism and leave to work outside the home.
Sometimes I stop to think: I am who I am at the expense of whom?
And you are who at whose expense?
No need to respond.
Source: Huff Post Brasil