When feminism does not explicitly oppose racism, and when antiracism does not incorporate opposition to patriarchy, race and gender politics often end up being antagonistic to each other and both interests lose.
The empowerment of black women constitutes the empowerment of our entire community.
Nonwhite and working-class women, if they are ever to identify with the organized women's movement, must see their own diverse experiences reflected in the practice and policy statements of these predominantly white middle-class groups.
... not all black women have silently acquiesced in sexism and misogyny within the African-American community. Indeed, many writers, activists, and other women have voiced their opposition and paid the price: they have been ostracized and branded as either man- haters or pawns of white feminists, two of the more predictable modes of disciplining and discrediting black feminists.
It's not about supplication, it's about power.
It's not about asking, it's about demanding. It's not about convincing those who are currently in power, it's about changing the very face of power itself.
If we aren’t intersectional, some of us, the most vulnerable, are going to fall through the cracks.