This is a very important insight!
I am fed up of hearing that working class White guy saying sexism doesn’t exist and it’s class that oppresses us all too, but one bug I’ve noticed going around this week is an inability to to recognise the differences between axes of oppression. From my (er broadly anarchist) point of view, class oppression is very different to, for example, anti-Blackness, because the existence of a working class is abhorrent, so it makes no radical sense to be proud specifically of being working class, while celebrating Black identity is vital and powerful. (I suppose political Blackness and working classness are both oppressed identities that would disappear in anarchist utopia… does this undermine my argument totally?)
Anyway, seeing *But you’re ignoring THIS oppression/appropriating THIS struggle* from White feminists to Black women shows that we are forgetting that White supremacy constructs Black women as, for example, sexually deviant and mentally incompetent/emotionally unstable and so along axes of mental health and heteronormativity Black women are *starting from behind* and can’t summarily be judged to have privilege along them compared to White women.
This speaks to the need to unpack what racism is and does in relation to other social structures, maybe beyond the naming and narrating enabled by intersectionality. I read this post by Sara Salem and while I don’t feel I understand it very well yet, it definitely has me re-thinking…