From One Survivor to Another

October 18, 2011
“Black women’s insistence on self-definition, self-valuation, and the necessity for a Black female-centered analysis is significant…[for] defining and valuing one’s consciousness…is an important way of resisting the dehumanization essential to systems of domination…as Brittan and Maynard point out, “…all forms of oppression imply the devaluation of the subjectivity of the oppressed.””

Patricia Hill Collins, “Learning from the Outsider Within: The Sociological Significance of Black Feminist Thought” (1986)

Frequently heard in arguments about race: “it’s not offensive to me (therefore it shouldn’t be to you)”— this statement is a reflection of the way in which The Other has been defined as less subjective, intelligent, or human.

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