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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL - feminism, Hidalgo and the fachos, hand in hand against the Nyansapo Fest (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 4 Jun 2017 10:17:24 +0300

An outcry in the fachosphere, the City of Paris that embrays, then retropedale ... An episode that speaks volumes. It should be remembered that non-mixing is not a societal goal, it is a tool that allows people affected by specific oppression to organize themselves. ---- During the presidential campaign, all the personalities of the " Left " or almost all the great thinkers of the Socialist Party claimed to be at the forefront of the fight against the extreme right. A month later, they take up the lies of the fachosphere concerning an afrofeminist festival, the Nyansapo Festival. ---- The collective Mwasi, a militant group of black women, notably co-organizer of the March of Dignity and against the racism of October 31, 2015, is at the origin of this festival which will take place in July. It aims to " build sustainable strategies and solidarities " around the specific oppressions suffered by black women.

The fachosphere has denounced, on social networks, a festival " forbidden to whites " on 26 May. What could have been, and had to be, only taken up by the elected representatives of the FN, such as Wallerand de Saint-Just, has in fact allowed some to get a little cheap advertising during this election period. Some " Left-wing intellectuals " like Raphael Enthoven and Joann Sfar use the term to denounce " communitarianism " or " identity withdrawal " . As for the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, she declared that she wanted to ban the festival !

But what is really happening ? The festival is actually organized in different spaces, some reserved for black women (80% of the festival), others reserved for black people, others for racialized women, and others open to all.

This practice of non-mixing, whether based on gender or any other social character, is a classic in militant circles. It existed in the United States in the civil rights movement of the 1960s (where certain meetings were reserved for racialized persons), in French feminist circles in the 1970s (where certain meetings were reserved for women), and is still frequently Used today.

It should be pointed out that non-mixing is not a societal objective, it is a tool that allows people affected by specific oppression to organize themselves.

The festival is therefore not " forbidden to whites ". Some spaces are reserved for Blacks and therefore exclude whites, of course, but nobody emphasizes that they exclude Maghrebians, Asians, or black men for those reserved for black women.

It is terrible to see " left " personalities take up this lie from the far right to play on fears. It is not a first, far from it, but it must be said and reiterated that one can not claim to be antifascist on one side and play on the fascistic fears of the other. That we can not use the voices of racialized people to get elected one day, and tell them that they are exercising an identity withdrawal the next day, when what they are trying to do is organize themselves to fight Against the multiple oppressions that the fachos and the left of government contribute to perpetuate.

We strongly support the self-organization of the oppressed and we would like to express our solidarity to the organizers and organizers of the Nyansapo festival [1].

Alternative libertarian, May 31, 2017

[1] It is possible to financially support the festival.


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