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Minority Women and Austerity project featured in The New Statesman

Brexit and Donald Trump’s success in the US presidential elections have intensified an already existing trend: politicians’ and commentators’ obsessive fixation with the white working class. The left has been told – and is telling itself – that it must prioritise connecting with this group. But there are many problems with this, not least because it means privileging whiteness above all other forms of identity and solving white people’s problems at the expense of people of colour.

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Read Akwugo Emejulu’s blog for Discover Society: Beyond Feminism’s White Gaze

I refuse to recount, in this short article, the importance of Black feminism and womanism as if these inter-related praxes are at all ‘new’ or as if Black feminists and womanists over the centuries have been unclear in our demands, interests and goals. To reckon with these intellectual and activist traditions requires a process of decolonisation in feminism. To centre and take seriously the knowledge, perspectives and experiences of women of colour necessitates an honest reflection as to why and how white supremacy is upheld and reproduced in mainline feminism and other ostensibly emancipatory movements. To recognise women of colour as intellectuals, political agents and authors of our lives requires purported ‘allies’ to critically consider why their chosen ideologies of gender, class, sexuality or disability will not permit complex understandings of race alongside—not in competition with—these other axes of difference. Thus, whilst Black feminists and womanists must bear the burden of misrecognition and invisibility—and continue to theorise and organise despite our erasure—this is not our problem to solve.

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Read Akwugo Emejulu’s blog for Verso Books: ‘From #BlackLivesMatter to Anti-Austerity: Women of Colour and the Politics of Solidarity’

The experiences of women of colour in left-wing anti-austerity movements in Britain and the Black Lives Matter movements in the United States highlight the persistent problem of our erasure in these supposedly radical democratic spaces. Women of colour’s struggles to have our intersectional social justice claims taken seriously by ‘allies’ exposes the fragility, and in some cases, the impossibility, of building solidarity across race, class, gender, sexuality and other categories of difference in protest movements. 

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