A wise man once said:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.Now I thought MLK's point was that we all deserve to be judged by the content of our character. But apparently Mikki Kendall doesn't agree with that - at least not when it comes to white feminists. We are all one big evil undifferentiated mass to her.
I found out who Mikki Kendall was because I found her smearing my name as a "racist" in Google results, because I disagreed with her claim that John Lennon and Yoko Ono were/are racists. At first I thought that Kendall (along with her white sycophant Rebecca Scott aka The Mad Gastronomer) was sincerely upset that I said John Lennon and Yoko Ono were not racists. But as I've studied her work over the past year and a half - since her smears against me keep coming up in my name's Google results it's hard to forget about her - I've come to the realization that the real issue isn't the alleged social views of one octogenarian Japanese-American celebrity and one long-dead British celebrity (who of course were married to each other while being different races) it's the fact that I expressed an opinion that Mikki Kendall disagreed with - and I persisted in being a white feminist while doing so.
What finally brought Mikki Kendall's deranged hatred of white feminists home for me was the Salon abortion article controversy. I won't get into the controversy itself just now, although some interesting points were raised. For now I want to talk about Kendall's appalling response to Amanda Marcotte.
Marcotte is pretty famous in the blogger world - famous enough that when Marcotte was hired by then-presidential candidate John Edwards for his campaign, right-wing Catholic nutter Bill Donohue saw to it that she was fired.
When anti-abortion activists accused Kendall of lying in her Salon article, Marcotte came to Kendall's defense. That was May 2011.
Kendall expressed her gratitude nine months later by attacking Marcotte by name, implying that she was getting credit for something she stole from non-white bloggers.
Clearly it doesn't matter to Kendall that Marcotte has been blogging for quite a while and is most likely more famous than these other bloggers. To consider that possibility would be to give Marcotte the benefit of the doubt.
No, Marcotte is clearly guilty as sin, because she's a white feminist and Kendall wants to make sure you know that it's Marcotte's whiteness that makes her a WOC-blog content-thief.
Now I have certainly had my disagreements with Amanda Marcotte - most recently about a year ago we got into a debate about whether or not most Internet porn was misogynist - I wanted to know what Marcotte's empirical evidence was, and she didn't feel she needed to provide any. I objected to this.
But for Mikki Kendall to turn around and attack Marcotte for simply being better known than non-white bloggers - or probably more to the point, better known than Mikki Kendall - is a truly shitty thing to do.
However, Mikki Kendall is certainly within her First Amendment rights to disagree with me, and Amanda Marcotte and to hate us and all other white feminists, loudly and publicly for her own satisfaction and for the satisfaction of her white-feminist-hater sycophants.
My problem with Mikki Kendall is that she didn't bother to engage in a debate with me about Lennon/Ono's alleged racism - probably because she didn't have a good argument.
What she did was to try to shut the argument down. By smearing me as a racist thanks to Tumblr and her Tumblr zombie friends. Kendall wants to intimidate me right out of my First Amendment rights through the threat of smearing.
And while she's trying to intimidate me out of my First Amendment rights, she fully expects to have a legitimate career as a writer for Jane and Salon and Publishers Weekly.