BHM Feminism

One thing I’ve notices is I don’t see many feminists of color.

By feminist I’m not referring to the stereotype of women wanting special treatment and whining about perceived slights. I’m talking actual, equal  rights.

Black feminism became noticeably popular in the 1960s in response to lack of response to intersectionality. Intersectionality was coined by legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989. It argues that sexism, class oppression, gender identity and racism are inextricably bound together.  Something I agree with as it seems like they feed on each other.

Some Famous black feminists are …

Alice Walker. Author of The Color Purple, Pulitzer Prize winner, Activist with Code Pink, an anti-war group,  participant in the Gaza Freedom March, Civil Rights Movement, 1963 March on Washington, Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 2011 Gaza Flotilla, which led to accusations of antisemitism, though her fight isn’t with the Jewish religion but the acts of the Israeli government.She also coined the term Womanism a social change perspective based upon the everyday problems and experiences of black women and other women of minority demographics.

Professor Patricia Collins First black woman to be president of the American Sociological Association(ASA) Her primary concerns is gender within the African American Community.She has authored many books, her best known is Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment,

Toni Cade Bambara a.k.a Miltona Mirkin Cade, author, professor, documentary film maker, activist. Her first book is Gorilla, My Love from there she wrote poetry, screenplays, other works of fiction, anthologies, academic papers. She also was a bog supporter of non-mainstream artists co founding Voices from the gap.  and Southern Collective of African-American Writers. She died of colon cancer in 1995 at the age of 56.

Laverne Cox best know for her roll as Sophia Burnset on Orange is the New Black. She has also been on Law and order SVU, Musical Chairs, Bored to Death, I Want to Work For Diddy, ect. She was the first black trans-person to direct and star in her own show, TRANSform Me. She speaks on trans rights and writes on current affairs for Huffington Post.

Bukola Oriola, Nigerian American journalist. She wrote Imprisoned: The Travails of a Trafficked Victim about her time as a slave.

These are just a few.  Who have you found inspiring.


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