Cobahee River Collective Statement

Im Seminar wurde ja schon häufig das Thema Intersektionalität und die Verschränkungen von race, class, gender angesprochen. Hier sind ein paar Auszüge vom Cobahee River Collective Statement, das ist vielleicht in dem Zusammenhang ganz interessant. Das Combahee River Collective war eine black feminists organisation, die von 1974 bis 1980 aktiv war. Sie haben sich gegen den Rassismus der weißen feministischen Bewegungen und gegen den Sexismus der black movements in den USA gestellt, indem sie auf die spezielle Situation schwarzer (lesbischer) Frauen und auf die vielfältigen Unterdrückungsmechanismen, die sie betreffen, aufmerksam gemacht haben.

„We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.“

„We believe that sexual politics under patriarchy is as pervasive in Black women’s lives as are the politics of class and race. We also often find it difficult to separate race from class from sex oppression because in our lives they are most often experienced simultaneously. We know that there is such a thing as racial-sexual oppression which is neither solely racial nor solely sexual, e.g., the history of rape of Black women by white men as a weapon of political repression. Although we are feminists and Lesbians, we feel solidarity with progressive Black men and do not advocate the fractionalization that white women who are separatists demand. Our situation as Black people necessitates that we have solidarity around the fact of race, which white women of course do not need to have with white men, unless it is their negative solidarity as racial oppressors. We struggle together with Black men against racism, while we also struggle with Black men about sexism.“

„The major source of difficulty in our political work is that we are not just trying to fight oppression on one front or even two, but instead to address a whole range of oppressions. We do not have racial, sexual, heterosexual, or class privilege to rely upon, nor do we have even the minimal access to resources and power that groups who possess anyone of these types of privilege have. “

„We might use our position at the bottom, however, to make a clear leap into revolutionary action. If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.“

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