Our Anti-Racism Stance

posted in: CASS Updates, Policy | 3

Over the past few days, some commenters have left comments about harassment they have received and used really derogatory, racialized language about their harassers.  We acknowledge that survivors heal in different ways, and one of those ways is releasing their anger in the form of racist epithets.  We also allow commenters and those submitting stories to use race, but you must make sure its relevance is explained clearly and constructively in your post. Although there are safe spaces for survivors to do that, we do not accept racism here at Holla Back DC!

We make that clear through our anti-racism policy that explains our reasoning.

Initiatives combating various forms of sexual harassment and assault have continually struggled against the perpetuation of racist stereotypes, in particular the construction of men of color as sexual predators.

Those who perpetrate sexual violence in all forms come in ALL shades and sizes. Violence doesn’t discriminate.

We are not here to lecture you on racism. Although some people believe we are living in a post-racial society, many of us do not see it that way. Racism continues to permeate through our legal system, our social fabric, our every day occurrences. Regardless of how you feel about the person hollering back, it is not a cultural norm in that racial/ethnic community. No. Patriarchy is a cultural norm in all communities, all countries, and is a strongly held global “value.” This site, among others combating gender based public sexual harassment, is built to help break down that system through continued acts of activism, education, prevention, and building a community from dialogue and support.

If you have any questions about our stance, please don’t hesitate to first read through the articles linked on this page and then ask away via email at dchollaback@gmail.com.

3 Responses

  1. cathy

    indeed, jack-assery knows no race, creed or color!

  2. thanks

    Thank you for posting this and helping to make this a safe space for all women and transfolks. Perhaps you could add a comments policy to your anti-racism page to make it cler that racist comments on posts will be deleted.

  3. Hal

    Sounds like censorship. You either stand for free speech or you don’t. You obviously do not, and OBEY the politically correct nonsense of the day. Hate speech is protected speech, just because it offends you doesn’t mean you may impose your thought police tactics. SHAME ON YOU for defiling this great American right (not privilege).