Angela Davis with some inspiring remarks on the occasion of Judith Butler’s refusal to accept the civil courage award from the organizers of Berlin’s gay pride march – some of whom, like Jan Feddersen, have a long record of racist statements given space to in liberal newspapers like the taz:

via NO HOMONATIONALISM

Partial transcript:

Well, I certainly hope that Judith Butler’s refusal to receive the civil courage award will act as a catalyst for more discussion about the impact of racism even within groups that are considered to be progressive. […]
[The assumption that] somehow people from the global South, people of color are more homophobic than white people is a racist assumption. […]
Consider the extent to which the ideological structures of homophobia, of transphobia, of hetero-patriarchy are embedded in our institutions. The assumption that one group of people is gonna be more homophobic than another group of people misses the mark! It misses the mark because we now only have to address issues of attitudes. But we have to address the institutions that perpetuate those attitudes and that cause, that inflict real violence on human beings! […]
And I’ve come to believe that when we win victories in movement struggles that what we do is we change the whole terrain of struggle. So we don’t simply add on. We don’t add on women to black people, we don’t add on LGBT people to women and black people, we don’t add on trans people, and so forth. Each time we win a significant victory, it requires us to revisit the whole terrain of struggle. And so, therefore, we have to ask questions about the impact of racism in gay and lesbian movements, we have to ask questions about the impact of racism in the women’s movement, we have to ask questions about the impact of sexism or misogyny in black communities, and we have to ask questions about the influence of homophobia in black communities or communities of color. This notion of intersecting, or cross-patched, or over-laying categories of oppression is one that has come to us thanks to the work of women-of-color feminists.