Bishop Talbert Swan Slams White Feminists for Trying to Hijack Anthem Protests To Sideline Black Issues

Activist Bishop Talbert Swan didn’t hold back in his fiery rebuke of liberal white feminists he’s accused of “hijacking” Black social movements for their own benefit.

The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court this week sparked outrage across the nation, as GOP senators seemingly brushed aside sexual assault claims leveled against the newly-appointed justice by different women.

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Bishop Tabert Swan accused white feminists who kneel for the anthem of “highjacking” Black movements. (Photo by (Dave Roback / The Republican)

Feeling angry and unheard, white women’s rights activists vowed to get their point across. So, snatching a page straight from Colin Kaepernick‘s book, 1980s actress Molly Ringwald called on celebrities like Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera to “sing the National Anthem on bended knee.” It wasn’t long before similar suggestions took root, encouraging every girl or woman to take a knee the next time the national anthem is played in a show of resistance against rape culture.

Swan decried the idea as an act “white supremacy in the name of feminism.”

“White women kneeling during the anthem to protest ‘rape culture’ is [sic] highjacking a movement you took no risks for,” he wrote in lengthy Twitter thread Sunday. “You didn’t kneel in solidarity to protest the murder of Black people, so don’t co opt & make it about your victimization.”

Swan, who heads the Springfield, Mass., chapter of the NAACP, was clearly irked by the idea of white women pirating a movement originally intended to draw awareness police brutality and racial injustice in America.

The activist continued, “I can’t help but ask where liberal white women were when we were seeking justice for #SandraBland, #CharleenaLyles, #ShukriAli … and so many other Black women. You don’t even know their names!”

The Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ pastor proceeded to slam white feminists for failing to put their “Barbecue Becky’s” and “Permit Patties” in check for calling the police on Black folks for no good reason.

“White women participate in our oppression, yet try to appropriate the language & movements associated with it,” Swan tweeted.

The pastor’s tweets drew what some called “white tears” from the feminists who accused Swan of making broad and offensive generalizations about white women. Others sided with Swan, however, and urged white feminists to stop biting off Black culture and find another way to protest. Read the rest here (