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HOOD FEMINISM, “Being skeptical of those who promise they care but do nothing…

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HOOD FEMINISM, @karnythia

“Being skeptical of those who promise they care but do nothing to help those who are marginalized is a life skill that can serve you well when your identity makes you a target.”

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The modern mainstream feminism movement has a problem, and it’s White Feminism being postured as Feminism. Chicago based writer Mikki Kendall breaks down the many basic needs frequently ignored in White Feminism, all of which disproportionately impact Black women and other Women of Color – education, housing and food security, and healthcare, to name a few. You know, things people need to survive.

This collection of essays is brilliant and wholly necessary for many who identify as feminists. It explicitly names White Feminism as centering those whose basic needs are already met, with a desire for White women to gain the same power and social standing as White men. White Feminism allows White women to weaponize their tears and dubs any push back as being divisive. Kendall not only connects why basic needs are feminist issues, she includes personal anecdotes from her own life and reminds readers that there is no one action to be taken to solve them – the needs of each woman are different based on ALL aspects of their identity, all of which need to be accounted for in order to implement meaningful change across the board.

I took my time with this one, reflecting after each chapter the ways in which I need to change how I approach each issues in my own life. Kendall’s writing is compelling and makes you want to be better, DO better.

If you are a White woman thinking of picking up “White Fragility” I need you to not and buy this instead.

Swipe for what Mikki Kendall had to say about respectability. ➡️
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