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30th Oct 2013 from TwitLonger

We want to address the criticism we're getting on Twitter right now related to #solidarityisforwhitewomen.

On October 22, Lori Adelman participated in an Activist Night and panel on #solidarityisforwhitewomen organized by NOW NYC and featuring five women of color identified bloggers and activists. Feministing did not organize this event, during which panelists and organizers clearly gave credit to Mikki as the hashtag creator.

Today, Juliana Britto Schwartz hosted a discussion meant to focus on the intersection of being white and Latina. This conversation grew out of pieces written by Latinas reacting to the #solidarityisforwhitewomen conversation. We regret that some of our messaging made the conversation sound like a broader discussion of colorism in the Latin@ community, which was not the main focus of the chat. And we agree that a comprehensive discussion on that topic should include a more diverse group of panelists.

Again, Feministing has not ever hosted a panel on #solidarityisforwhitewomen. We are firmly against erasing the work of Mikki Kendall or anyone else who has engaged this discussion, which we have covered from early on (see http://feministing.com/2013/08/14/solidarityisforwhitewomen-blackpowerisforblackmen-but-many-are-still-brave/ and http://feministing.com/2013/10/02/welcoming-a-new-digital-space-what-hood-feminism-means-to-me/ among others).

We hope this helps clarify the situation without taking away from an important dialogue.

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