Sunday, April 03, 2005

"Above all else, our politics initially sprang from the shared belief that Black women are inherently valuable, that our liberation is a necessity not as an an adjunct to someone else's but because of our need as human persons for solidarity" - Black Feminist Statement, by the Combahee River Collective reprinted in the Bridge Called My Back.
That says what I need to say to people who think we should wait forever.

Also, the footnote about the name:

"the Combahee River Collective is a black feminist group in Boston whose name comes from the guerilla action conceptualized and led by Harriet Tubman on June 2, 1863, in the Port Royal region of South Carolina. This action freed more than 750 slaves..."

The fact that I didn't know about this even though I'm a college student that does copious extra readings, and had extra black history lessons from mom shows the power of our culture to influence what we learn.

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