12.31.2013

#solidarityisforwhitewomen: Can we talk about "LaQueeta Jones"?

From our sisters at For Harriet:
In yet another example of white feminist cluelessness, Singer Ani DiFranco will hold her annual songwriting retreat this year on Nottoway Plantation in Louisiana. Righteous Retreat Song Camp is billed as a feminist songwriting retreat, and DiFranco's choice to hold the event at this locale has drawn ire from Black women who note the offensiveness of the location.

Black women feminists and allies took to the event's Facebook page to express their concerns, yet neither Difranco nor anyone on her team has responded.

The thought of women choosing to luxuriate at the sites of historic brutality against black bodies confounds, but even more outrageous is the refusal of so many women to listen to those whose lived experiences continue to be mediated by the legacy of chattel slavery.

In fact, defenders like Mandi Harrington, a visibly white woman, try to tell us that we need to "reclaim" these spaces.

And when called out, these women go to shockingly extreme lengths to cover their tracks.

Take, for example, the exchange below. Harrington created a fake black woman persona named Laqueeta Jones to defend her senseless comments.


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26 comments:

  1. I mean, really? When I read this, I was like, "This is the best you could do, Mandi?" "LaQueeta" clearly is how she views us, and that alone sinks her credibility, not that she had any to begin with. MF Addaway calling her out is pure gold.

    I'm over this shit.

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    1. "LaQueeta" clearly is how she views us, and that alone sinks her credibility

      For real. "LaQueeta" is what she chooses to see. This is how she chooses to believe Black women are.

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    2. Because god forbid, no one would have reallythought she was a black woman if she would've had a "normal" name like Cheryl or Diane. Her choice of a first name for her fictitious black woman speaks far louder than anything she actually said.

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    3. They always pick their idea of "black" names when they play this game...and slip into the ebonics. I hope the woman whose picture she stole finds out and is able to take some action. I would think that stealing phots and impersonating people is against some law somewhere.
      Did anyone see the #stopblamingwhitewomenweneedunity hashtag started by a racist, Islamaphobe white woman (of course she got to WRITE an article on HuffPo drenched in her white women tears)...

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  2. The way "LaQueeta" speaks says volumes. smh

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  3. God,when will racists like her learn, you cannot out do us with this bogusness. Their two common mistakes using stereotypical "Black" names and writing messages that you know no intelligent Black woman will use and don't you just love it when they know who you are.. kinda remind me of what happened to that woman (Jennifer Sacco) who was caught making those derogatory comments about Capetown, South Africa. I'll give Jen credit..at least she didn't appear to be hiding behind a picture and a ficticious name.

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  4. LMAO at this.

    Isn't it funny how whenever they do this, they never pick a black name that really exists? Like, they never pick Aisha or Rashida or even LaKeisha or some of the more exotic choices - they always make something up to express their disdain for us. It's gross. Talk about no good faith.

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    1. Girl, it took me forever to actually get through the tweet because I died laughing at the very beginning. Shit like this isn't even upsetting anymore.

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    2. The ironic thing about is that some of those same people who use those names really don't the origins of some of those names. Some like "Aisha" or " Laquita" or "Keisha"aren't truly Black names but nice try on LaQueesha's part..lol!

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    3. @M - I'm not sure what you mean by truly black names - do you mean African? If so, then I agree, they aren't real African names. As far as not knowing what they mean, people don't know what their European names mean either, so I don't think it's a matter of knowing meaning. Whatever black people's own feelings toward those names are, the only reason that lady chose that name was to show that she holds us in low regard and doesn't think we're worthy of respect. They act the same way with Asian or African names.

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    4. No.I mean that some of the names may be actually non Black .There are some who say that a name like Aisha, Khalil or Kareem (if they're guys) are actually Arab names and that LaQuita is actually a Latina name. I don't know how true this is but some people say that the name "Keesha" is European

      She may hold Black folks in high regard to our names but I don't think that names like "Seth" are great either. It sounds Satanic. I like African and Asian names because most times they have profound meaning behind them .

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    5. Yes, first names like Aisha, Khalil and Kareem are Arab (or at least muslim). I grew up around many North Africans (not black Africans) and they usually had names like these. I also grew up around black West Africans and their names sounded different (Fatu, Ayssatu, Awa, etc) but some had muslim or christian names as well.

      Keesha is European? Well, I'd have to do a google search! lol

      I've always wondered where names like LaToya, LaKeisha, etc came from...I don't know anyone here who has a similar name. So I thought they were black American, but I guess not?

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    6. To second M's point, many names popular with black people are also Indian in origin, like Jamila, Asha, Tanika, Maya, or Anita. So I've known black women who told me that Indians expect them to be Indian b/c we use some of their names with high frequency too.
      While I have known plenty of people with Arabic names, it was interesting in college to meet people whose parents came from various African countries and to find out that some of the names that I'd have pegged as "Black American" were actually Nigerian (sorry if that is too broad since they probably relate to an ethnic group), Ghanaian, etc. One notable example was Chetanna...

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  5. And this right here is why black women don't mess with white feminists like that. This shit continues to happen, we continue to express our dismay at some of their offensive choices and blatant ignoring of our issues, and they continue to play dumb. Nobody's here for that.

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  6. Stereotypical first name starting with "La Qu" (ie. LaQueesha, La Quisha, LaQueeta) followed by the last name of Jones, Jackson, Johnson + over and awkward use of slang and Ebonics + stating "as a black woman" while using a picture of a black woman on your profile = obvious white troll.
    Truly pathetic.

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    1. I also forgot to write, mentioning Martin Luther King. Since he is the only civil rights leader whites seemed to know. Also I'm surprised "LaQueeta Jones " didn't mention having white friends or a white boyfriend in her tweet.

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    2. She really did mention MLK and I doubled right over.

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    3. She also mentions white friends

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  7. "I WAS HOPIN' TO JESUS"

    This made me laugh as I read it again.

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  8. I'm still stuck on "ya'll gonna get us a worse name"......so she thought by playing the scared house slave role it would convince the rest of us to be quiet about blatant fuccery? white people play too much......

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  9. I think "MY OWN COLOR" had thousands of folks laughing out loud.

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  10. I couldn't get passed "I be friends with everybody" and "There is no truth in actlin' like fools". I thought I was going to have to plan my own burial reading this I was screaming so hard.

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  11. I'll let you all comment on this, I try to step back as a non American. What this woman did was pathetic.

    Talking about solidarity, one of our ministers didn't have it from her peers in the government until a week or two after she got called "monkey" twice by some nobody persons. Who is our minister, you're asking? Christiane Taubira. Yes, she's black. and I think part of the hate she's having is stemming from her contribution to the law allowing marriage for non heterosexuals. Yeah, that law was the idea and project of the president but somehow the law has a nickname "Taubira law".

    In other news, but still about racism, our recently crowned Miss France 2014 is mixed-blood (her dad's French and her mom's from Benin) got called names and received bad remarks and even mail about her not being "suited for this beauty contest that should be for French people only" and other variety of the same sh*t.

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  12. White females are a freaking joke. Get the eff out of here with that ish!
    Hahaha, I live how she got found out.
    Opps, you thought that someone wouldn't go Sherlock Holmes on that ass but you thought wrong!
    Hahaha, karma is a chick with a bad attitude.

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  13. So she thought her brand of bullshyt would be better received in digital black face? Bless her heart.

    If Mandi is on Twitter, her mentions must still be smouldering.

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  14. "SHE STAYED DAYUM CLASSY DA WHOLE TIME"

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