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HUMA 1951
Alison Crosby

Lecture Two: Gender And Women’s Studies Readings Combahee River Collection: A Black Feminist Statement - A collection of Black feminists who have been meeting together since 1974 - Actively committed to struggling against racist, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression - Major systems of oppression are interlocking. The synthesis of these oppressions creates the conditions of our lives. - Black women have always embodied an adversary stance to white male rule and have actively resisted in its inroads upon them and their communities - “our development must also be tied to the contemporary economic and political position of the Black people - “Black women are inherently valuable, that our liberation is a necessity not as an adjunct to somebody else’s but because of our need as humans for autonomy.” - Difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression because in our lives they are most often experienced simultaneously - We struggle together with Black men against racism, while we also strug
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