Essay on The Politics Of Black Feminism

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The Politics of Black Feminist Thought
For this week, we read Combahee River Collective, “A Black Feminist Statement,” “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color,” by Kimberle Crenshaw and the book Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics by Joy James. Our discussion focuses on feminist thought and intersectionality.

The Combahee River Collective’s aim was to combat the oppressions experienced by all women of color and to acknowledge the role of lesbians to the development of black feminism and African American history. There are four major topics of the collective’s “A Black Feminist Statement.” They are: 1) Genesis of Contemporary Black Feminism: Black women have a negative relationship with the American political system; black, other Third World, and working women have been excluded from a mainstream feminist movement because of racism and elitism and secluded in black liberation movements because of sexism; 2) What We Believe: Black women are inherently valuable; cannot separate race from class and sex oppression; there can be solidarity with progressive black men; political-economic systems of capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy must be dismantled; 3) Problems in Organizing Black Feminists: “We do not have racial, sexual, heterosexual, or class privilege to rely upon, nor do we have even the minimal access to resources and power that groups who possess any one of these types of privilege have”…

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