We are the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance of Spelman College where we actively combat, critique, interrogate and speak out against all forms of oppression that marginalize, dehumanize and homogenize women of color. With our BLACK FEMINIST POLITICS, we strive to RADICALIZE our campuses in the AUC and throughout the surrounding communities.
Intersectionality is not optional. It is not something you can take off and put back on again at will, when you feel like it. An intersectional lens should inform any critical evaluation of a subject, because these connections are key to understanding the web of oppression that weighs down on us all. These interconnections, too, are very weblike in their nature, because when you tweak one string, all the rest vibrate with it. There is no way to separate these things out from each other.
People complain that people keep dragging ‘side issues’ into ‘their movement’ and they don’t understand that these issues are the movement. Because a movement that commits oppression in the name of liberation is not a good movement, to put it bluntly. We are more vocal about these issues because we have learned the cost of shutting up, because we constantly have to remind people, because the minute we stop, everything returns to the way it was, the status quo is reestablished, and the real structural and institutional problems that create inequality go, once again, uninterrogated.
This is all connected. To misquote Patrick Henry for a moment, give me intersectionality, or give me death. This is not hyperbole: The current system, as it stands, is killing me. It is killing my people. It is killing the people I work in solidarity with. It is killing you. If you do not give me intersectionality, if you will not commit to being intersectional in your deeds, your thinking, your doing, all the time, no matter how you identify your politics, you are killing me.
“Intersectionality is not optional.” There should be shirts that say these. I’ll SPECIFICALLY wear them to my womens studies classes
We are about empowerment for all.
We are about dismantling the power structures that disenable us from being and living as we choose.
We are about demolishing patriarchy as it is entangled in every aspect of our lives.
We reject imperialism, militarism, fascism, white supremacy, sexism, heteronormity, homophobia, Christocentrism, racism, classism, elitism, ageism, ableism and all other violations and violences against humanity.
If this is your stance, then we have a home for you!!!
This Group is for members, supporters, allies, and alumnae of the Spelman College FMLA, where we strive to address issues from a radical BLACK FEMINIST perspective.