These “FemiNazis” are doing it the old-fashioned way: The Brownies. No, not the Girl Scout Brownies; the new feminist preteen is a Radical Brownie, and this club is a no-whites-allowed organization for black and Hispanic girls only.
And you thought Apartheid was a bad thing.
Jim Goad of Taki’s Magazine describes Radical Brownies as the new Brown Shirts:
“If they were hawking this bargain-basement tripe in Germany during the 1930s, then yes, they’d be intensely radical, just as any sort of Hitler Youth-type organization would be radical as hell in modern America or Europe. But groups such as Radical Brownies, and every modern brain cell that tilts even slightly to the left of center, is still working from an outdated script which insists that Hitler Youth and the KKK still represent society’s mainstream rather than its outcasts.”
According to the mission statement on the organization’s Facebook page,
Radical Brownies empowers young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.
This reads straight out of bell hooks’ — the lower-case nom de guerre of New York English professor Gloria Watkins — 1994 book, Teaching to Transgress: Teaching “is a performative act … that offers the space for change, invention, spontaneous shifts, that can serve as a catalyst drawing out the unique elements in each classroom.” We need “engaged pedagogy” and professors and teachers “to teach in a manner that empowers students” with “progressive” politics. Hooks says, “My commitment to engaged pedagogy is an expression of political activism.”
Compare the Radical Brownies’ mission statement to that of the Girl Scout Brownies:
Girl Scout Brownies that belong to a troop or group are guided by leaders who are taught by certified trainers. Leaders partner with girls, giving them opportunities to make decisions about their activities and to learn leadership skills within the group.
Girls Scout Brownie Leadership CEO Anna Maria Chávez says,
“One of the most powerful results of living the Girl Scout Law is the ability to exercise and recognize true leadership. Being honest and fair, courageous and strong, using resources wisely, respecting yourself and others, and making the world a better place … these are values that our staff and our volunteers on a national and a local level continually teach, model, and reinforce. I am proud that for over 100 years Girl Scouting has produced and attracted so many examples of courage, confidence, and character in our girls and the adults who lead them.”
Radical Brownies is about political activism, not about empowering girls. “Collective power” is leftist code for “communist power.” Nothing about “collective power” evokes Susan B. Anthony and the suffragette movement that fought to win rights to vote, to enter universities, and to become property owners for all women.
The Radical Brownies’ Facebook page shows that traditional virtues are discouraged in lieu of indoctrination: “Yesterday was truly a special day for the #RadicalBrownies thank you ALL for the love and support. Next badge-up #RadicalBeauty and next unit Environmental Justice! Loving and giving back to our mother earth, just in time for Spring! #StayWoke #TheRevolutionWillBeSustainable.”
“Revolution.” “Environmental Justice.” “Radical Beauty.” These evoke Chicago’s Days of Rage rather than 8-year-old girls. They scream loudly of bell hooks’ hatred of America and whites, not of a love of girls and their growth into young women.
Look again at the Radical Brownies’ Mission and Vision statements:
Vision: “The Radical Brownies create opportunities for young girls of color to form fierce sisterhood, celebrate their cultures and contribute radically to their communities.”
Mission: “The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color so that they step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership in order to make the world a more radical place.”
In other words, “we peddle segregation by training Black and Hispanic girls to separate themselves from whites.” That’s wrong, wrong and wrong:
- There is no sisterhood when white girls are excluded from fellowship with their brown and black sisters. The human race is one race.
- To empower black and Hispanic girls to become a “collective power” is to make them into a group, not individuals, and to set them against a competing group – whites.
- “Making the world a more radical place” means racial division.
The Radical Brownies is a racist organization. It fosters ghettoization by separating girls of color from white girls. They are no longer American girls, but black and brown girls locked in a power struggle with everyone else.
The founders of Radical Brownies are radical feminists, in their words, “queer women of color and avid trans allies.”
As co-founders we each have over 15 years of youth development and programming backgrounds with LGBTQ youth of color, youth, and youth of color. We are implementing best practices so we can build a strong structure for our organization. As queer women of color and avid trans allies we believe in creating trans and gender non-conforming inclusive spaces, therefore we embrace the spectrum of gender diversity throughout our lessons and activities. We work towards making the world a more radical equitable place!
Compare the Radical Brownies to the Girl Scout Brownies and their founder:
Diversity has been a core value of Girl Scouts since its founding in 1912. At a time of segregation and before laws promoting civil rights were passed, our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, ensured that African-American, American Indian and Hispanic girls were able to become Girl Scouts. She led efforts to make Girl Scouting available to girls who lived in rural and urban areas, to girls who were rich, middle class and poor, and to girls who were born in this country as well as immigrants.
The “implementation” of sexual orientation and the radicalization of young girls is a way to turn girls into foot soldiers for political masters, not into independent, strong, and courageous young women. Independence and strength of character are desirable traits in tomorrow’s leaders, not in tomorrow’s foot soldiers.