Black Feminist Thought

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In order to understand the black feminist movement my group and I had to read three major readings about black feminism. The readings consisted of “A Black Feminist Statement,” “The Matrix of Domination,” and “Representing Whiteness in the Black Imagination.” These three readings helped us shape our presentation to our class mates on the subject of black feminism.
A Black Feminist Statement, Combahee River Collective In this reading, it is explained that black women have been meeting for centuries trying to get equality and rights. It is known that in 1974, black women began meeting in hopes of defending and clarifying there politics. These women were up against the oppression of men and the color of their skin and many were seeking for change. Their fight against oppression included race, sex, hetero-sexism, and class. “…Black feminism we would like to affirm that we find our Afro-American women's continuous life-and-death struggle for survival and liberation” (Combahee River Collective). These women felt as if it was an obligation to fight for their rights and took it as a matter of life or death situation. Many powerful women arose from the black feminist movement such as: Harriet
Tubman, Frances E.W Harper, Ida B. Wells Barnett, Sojourner Truth and Mary Church Terrell. These women were major leaders and collaborators in the black feminist movement. In 1973 The National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) was created (Combahee River Collective). This organization was created to give the black women some economic and political stance. Even today, African Americans are at the bottom of the American capitalistic economy in regards to the economic positions. These women believed that political work must be organized for the collective benefit. The Black Feminists believed in many things but it brought them across some problems. They were trying to fight too…...

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