Duchess Harris: The Alienation of Black Women from Feminist Movements

27 Jul

For 20 years I have read how Black women felt alienated by the second wave of feminism, but because I was born during this time period, I never "felt" it until the 2008 Presidential election.
It started with the extremely unpleasant showdown between Gloria Steinem and Melissa Harris Lacewell, (now Perry) surrounding Steinem’s NY Times Op Ed about then-Senator Barack Obama.
This was followed by the late Geraldine Ferraro’s dismissive comments that Senator Obama was winning the race because he was not White.

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. …He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

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