My good friend and inspiration, brownfemipower, has taken down her blog. The reasons are complicated if you haven’t been following. They are simple if you have.
It started with three small words but those words had a whole history behind them that some people chose to ignore or trivialise.
Soon after that, a blogger who should know better chose not to credit bfp for being a source, an inspiration, a catalyst for her article.
Only new, inexperienced bloggers do not link. You only have to have been reading blogs for about five minutes to realise that links are important But this is not just about blogging.
This is about being ignored, marginalised, trivialised and hurt. Again.
Please read this incredible post from Problem Chylde which breaks down the whole issue far better than I could. An amazing work of love and impeccable research. The links in the main body of the post are to bfp’s work which is now down.
Stealing other people’s stuff is not cool from Burning Words
Feminists, too, Steal from Sudy
Intellectual theft is still theft from High on Rebellion
This has not been a good week for woman of color blogging from Feministe
Brownfemipower, you are (and you will continue to be) an inspiration to me and to countless numbers of people in the world. I understand your need to step back and take time to reflect. To take care of yourself.
But the blog world is less without you in it.