Are you Black first? Or are you a woman first?
I get this question all the time because I am a Black feminist. People want to know if this means that I care less about the political realities of being Black. If I am now only concerned with being a woman. Or do I allow my blackness to get in the way of caring about issues impacting women.
It’s not physically possible for me to separate my race from my gender. I cannot choose to one day be Black Danielle who has no gender and the next day be Danielle the Woman who has no race. And yet, socially and politically Black women are expected to split their identities all the time.
Black feminism is the rejection of this.
As a Black feminist, I vow to bring all of my marginalized identities to any political or sociological discussion. I also vow to support marginalized identities which I do not possess because everything we advocate for needs to be mindful to not harm the people it claims to support. This is the application of the concept called “intersectionality” which legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw blessed us with in 1989.
Oftentimes, Black women are asked to forget their gender by Black men or forget their race by white women simply because Black womanhood is not valued in many spaces other than explicitly Black woman centered spaces. Black womanhood is a conflation of myriad forms of marginalization and as such our experiences are not often centered.
We’re often told it’s too difficult and complex to consider our experiences. We are told that we hurt the causes of white women and Black men. This is ironic because when the issues of Black women are addressed, or even more specifically, when the issues of low income and LGBT Black women are addressed, everybody wins."
One of the most powerful things you can do to improve any relationship and to increase the amount of happiness you feel is to not get involved with your judgments. Be aware of judgmental thoughts (notice them when they arise in your mind), accept that they are there (don’t think they shouldn’t be…
There’s a black man going around the Chicago area sexually assaulting black women and teens at bus stops. He has a xhamster account and he’s posting videos of him assaulting women on the internet.
I’m not from the Chicago area but I’ve contacted their police department at least 3 times and received no reply. I don’t know the exact areas he visits but his videos show his location and sometimes you can see the bus information.
Please help spread awareness about this. This sick asshole is posting videos regularly, talking about his plans to harass women in local bars, is an admitted pedophile and said he’s looking to make money off assaulting women. SPREAD THE WORD!
Oh hell to the no. Not my fucking city
Get this fucker off the streets.
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