Essay about Analysis Of Patricia Arquette 's Oscar Speech

1570 Words Sep 12th, 2016 7 Pages
I had a great discussion with some friends the other day, and I felt like writing about it. It’s no secret that I care a lot about social justice, even if I’m far from an expert. So of course I heard about Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech (meh) and her elaboration afterwards (ugh). I don’t want this post to be about her comments though, so I’ll just redirect you to Amanda Marcotte’s great overview at Slate instead. The key thing Arquette is:
And it’s time for all the women in America and all the men that love women, and all the gay people, and all the people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.
As if there aren’t women of color, or women who are queer, and on and on. And as if people from other marginalized groups don’t have their own battles to fight. This rightly pissed of a lot of people.
I try and follow a diverse group of people in social justice on Twitter, and I was paying close attention to Elon James as this was unfolding. During this dustup, James, along with many other black Americans, got into a bit of a Twitter war with a group of white feminists. Here is a pretty core conversation thread: https://twitter.com/heatherfink/status/569993775109402624 How this ultimately played out was pretty amazing, at first for it’s stupidity and then for it’s brilliance. Without recapping everything that happened, let’s just say that it led to one of these white women claiming that James was trying to start a race war. Yeah, let that one sink in for a minute.…

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