Is feminism a racist movement
No more excuses!
When feminism is talked about in Germany, the black perspective with all its achievements is mostly left out, says author, curator and filmmaker Natasha A. Kelly. In “Black Feminism” she has therefore compiled basic texts, starting with a speech by the American abolitionist, women's rights activist and pioneer of the intersectional concept Sojourner Truth. The texts by Kimberlé Crenshaw, bell hooks, Audre Lorde and others appear for the first time in German translation. In an interview, Kelly explains why feminism cannot be thought of without racism and what black women authors have achieved from the mid-19th century to the present day.
Natasha, you have been researching and working on Afro-German culture and theory for a long time. Where did the approach to bring out a collection of texts by black women authors from the USA come from?
Afro-German history is part of an Afro-diasporic history, which also includes Afro-American history. There are similarities and differences. Black feminist theory applies to the entire so-called Global North, so it includes both communities.
This project originally came about because Unrast Verlag asked me if I could imagine publishing translations of original texts in one place. I found the idea very good because I am of the opinion that in feminist discourses in Germany the black feminist perspective with all its achievements is completely left out. Especially when it comes to intersectionality - the concept arose in the black women's movement - in the discussion in Germany, however, both are decoupled from each other. With the selection of the texts I wanted to show where the concept of intersectionality comes from and that it is as old as the black women's movement itself.
The book begins with a text by Sojourner Truth, a black freedom fighter, who in one of her speeches makes the difference that she is both black and a woman. And since then, that was in the middle of the 19th century, black feminists have repeatedly invoked Sojourner Truth and developed this concept further. Kimberlé Crenshaw first referred to it as intersectionality, in a text that is also included in the book. It was important to me to show the story, from the first considerations in the 19th century to the use of the term today. So the texts build on one another historically.
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