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Keisha Merchant

Reflections of Women Issues

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                Sexual Violence against black women has been an issue in the struggle in race, sex and class.  The effort to end violence against black women has been an issue among the grassroots organizations.  (pp.2)  Few events are able to make any impact because it has been a taboo to organize as black women, so the hidden efforts have been a slow process due to the pressure against black women to make an impact on the society.  Lesbians that tried to help with their frontlines for the complexities of the issues of black women with addressing power and marginalization, women of color are high risk due to the ideologies that contribute oppression against women of color.

                As a result, women of color feel forced out when tried in the radical work to end violence against women at large, but it is hard for white women to join as allies due to the risk at large that women of color must face on a daily survival. (pp. 3)  In Chicago and New Orleans conferences focus on models of multicultural agenda to build allies against violence and sexual violence against women to end.  This perspective seems to work better of inclusion rather just the focus on black women.  In the laws, the batters are protected.  I have learned how this is so through my own friends who struggle with violence.  The state and criminal justice system claims the act must be acted upon before the warning can be effective.

                Activists are trying to defend themselves and others as the battle leads on the state and criminalization used against women of color as though it was their fault, and how they aren’t able to meet requirements to be productive in social constructive models that women of color cannot ignore due to the violence done against them.  Color organizing that must be understood in the victimization that women of color face in militarism and colonialism.   


    Black Feminist Thought

                Black feminist thought is different due to the race, sex and class oppression that makes them unique from normal “sex” gender oppression as feminism is centered around equality freedom for gender where as black feminist thought is discriminated by race it is a forefront that needs to be address within the oppressions and dominations against race, sex, religion, class, and so forth.  Race and racism in segregation, division is invisible, and so it is a very important element in the black feminist thought, and the need for black feminist thought to socially change fundamental thoughts of color blindness and social inequalities as treating everyone the same, yet generates oppression just the same. (pp. 26-27) For individual woman it is in my mind that the connection there is a common ground, but in general that would be a working operation, but the black female have a different perspective and usually becomes a back burner to issues and seem to become not as important for example anti-lynching, Sociologist Ladner.

                Zora Hurston’s different perspectives due to the culture infringes in their own separate oppression that keep division and invisibility of interpretation and consciousness of what is approaches can be valued as important.  Commonalities that is apparent among black women that may not be so as a general rule for normalcy of oppression and the division of gender.  The dehumanization of African American women has a difference contrast to the western social class of practices other women who may not experience the black woman challenge.  Not every black woman experiences these commonalities, but the differential treatment is still a theme. (pp. 29-35)

                The words and actions of these diverse Black women intellectuals may address markedly different audiences. (pp. 48)

    Collins, Patricia Hill, Black Feminist Thought

    Incite! Women of Color against Violence, Color of Violence the Incite Anthology