What went unsaid today: intersectionality is not really about building coalitions across diverse identity groups

What went unsaid today: intersectionality is not really about building coalitions across diverse identity groups; it is first and foremost a way to account for the intersection of structural forces that heavily inform and determine Black lives, and a way to examine our own accountability in an ongoing political praxis of making sure that all Black lives matter, and particularly those Black lives that are most often marginalized and rendered illegible in Black cultural and political discourse and in everyday Black life. Here, then, intersectionality calls us to name and respond to the ways that power works against Black women, Black trans folks, Black poor people, Black people with physical and mental disabilities, Black queer people, Black Muslim people, Black undocumented people, Black children, Black elders–and even here, not because of “multiple identities” but because of intersecting structures of antagonism, violence, and social disregard and death.
Intersectionality may be useful for many other things, and in many other communities. But it started and starts here, with a vision of how Black people might recognize and care for one another, for all of us. #CRSEA17

4 thoughts on “What went unsaid today: intersectionality is not really about building coalitions across diverse identity groups

  1. Not a single EFFING lie. Tried to get this across this semester in my CRT class when folks went down the rabbit hole of *anything goes, I wear Toms intersectionality*.

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