“So the question today is not so much how to reverse these developments to re-find ourselves, based on a kind of nostalgic longing for what used to be, but rather, to think about the extent to which movements for racial and gender equality can no longer be simply based on questions of desegregation.”
“The most interesting developments in feminism, I think, over the past couple of decades have occurred within the theories and practices of women of color.”
“Women of color formations are compelled to address intersectionality and the mutual and complex interactions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.”
"Which means that women of color work can foreground race at a time when dominant discourse attempts to erase it, yet at the same time avoid the pitfalls of essentialism."
“In my opinion, the most exciting potential of women of color feminism resides in the possibility of politicizing this identity – basing the identity on the politics rather than the politics on the identity.”
“We will have come a long way if we succeed in convincing a significant number of Black women’s organizations, for example, to support Asian immigrant women’s labor and community struggles. This would be yet another form of women of color consciousness that is politically rather than racially grounded and at the same time anchored in a more complex antiracist consciousness.”"
academics should strive to make academia (and especially theory) accessible to as many people as possible. what’s the point of creating knowledge if you make it hard to understand and therefore even harder to share??
it would be helpful first to get academics to stop thinking they are creating knowledge. academics in ivory towers pull knowledge from the bottom up and reframe/exploit until knowledge is top down.