“Feminism is not a racist ideology. If someone claims to be a feminist but exhibits exclusionary behavior and is reluctant to change–we all have prejudices, so I’m not holding feminists to a higher level–I expect them to change. What I say to women of color and other young feminists or womanists is this: there is no Women’s Movement, capital W, capital M. There are women’s movements, plural.
And those movements are alive and well in communities of color. Many of the strongest voices in our communities of color are women. We carry our communities on our backs. With or without the label, we’re there. To say that women of color are not interested in equality for women is just not true.
But many women of color have had negative experiences with individual, white, so-called feminists or with organizations and institutions within a feminist framework. I’ve had negative experiences. But we accomplish much more together than separately. I don’t throw out the notion of feminism because of the negatives. We all have to work on these negatives. We cannot sum up a movement based on individual experiences.”
This woman is as disarming in person as she is in her words. Trust me.