|Academy Awards 2015|
I know you may already be aware of the backlash against what you said. And you may be unclear as to why there is a backlash. Well let me tell you why: To stand up on your very public podium and proclaim to millions of viewers that it is now time for people of color along with the gay community to fight for equal pay for women because people like you (affluent white women) have already fought for them as though these communities are even close to being done for fighting for their civil rights was uninformed at best. Like what does that even mean? Have you turned on the news lately? Black people are being murdered by police without consequence on almost a daily basis. And there are states presently trying to enact laws making gay marriage illegal as to erode any legislation that already stated they have the right. While you fight for wage equality at the million dollar mark, there are millions of WOC who are fighting just to find a job at all. Because when jobs get sparse guess who are the first to get laid off? And when the jobs start to come back guess who are the last to get hired?
Your well meaning-ness is dangerous. It reinforces the United States ruling class capitalist narrative that divides people instead of bringing them together. You chastised two communities that are highly targeted by FATAL oppression and discrimination as though they are slacking in their social justice game even though they are probably two of the biggest targets outside of indigenous Americans.
It is my hope that you will read more, listen more and learn more about the social justice movement and all it's intersections so that you may refine and inform your position in such a way that you are an ally who is beneficial and not detrimental. Your power and access to a platform that reaches so many makes you a crucial factor.
As always coming from a loving place.