CASS Comment Moderation Policy
All comments posted on CASS are moderated. We strongly encourage comments from everyone, especially those that push us to think outside the box and challenge our thoughts around public sexual harassment and assault. We will not allow racist, sexist, and/or victim blaming comments to appear on this site.
Replacing sexism with racism is not a proper response to street harassment.
Due in part to prevalent stereotypes of men of color as sexual predators or predisposed to violence, Collective Action for Safe Spaces asks that contributors do not discuss the race of harassers or include other racialized commentary.
If you feel that race is important to your story, please make sure its relevance is explained clearly and constructively in your post.
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. There exist widespread fictions regarding who perpetrators are: the myth of racial minorities, particularly Latino and Black men, as prototypical rapists as well as more prone to violence is quite common. This stems in part from a tragic and violent history, where black men in the U.S. were commonly and unjustly accused of assaulting white women as well as lynched by mobs and “tried” in biased courts.
Because of the complexity of institutional and socially ingrained prejudices, CASS prioritizes resisting direct as well as unconscious and unintentional reinforcement of social hierarchies. Simultaneously, CASS aims to highlight the interrelations between sexism, racism and other forms of bias and violence.
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” Peggy McIntosh
“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group.” This is a short, accessible piece on white privilege and male privilege. The article is a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators
“A Black Feminist Critique of Same-Race Street Harassment,” Hawley Fogg-Davis
This article focuses on the experiences of black lesbians and the need for black women to hold black men accountable for upholding black patriarchy.
“Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color,” Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
Crenshaw considers the intersections of racism and patriarchy, and how the experiences of women of color remain unrepresented within the discourses of both feminism and anti-racism.