As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother
I call myself a black feminist and hold that label dearly, but the naming happened after the fact. I was a black feminist from the moment, as a child, I recognised the domestic violence was gendered and somehow seen as acceptable because of this.
When neighbours called the police to our back-to-back terrace in what is now the red light district of Bradford, I would feel anger that my mother’s fear of the police and what they stood for took precedence over her own safety. As a Nigerian immigrant whose abuser had full control of her documentation and the processes through which she had managed to remain in the country, my mother believed that speaking truthfully to the police was not a choice she could make.
Please, read this important article here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/black-feminist-movement-fails-women-black-minority?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
- Why We Can’t Have Black Feminist Pop Icons. (hoodfeminism.com)
- Oi, shit for brains, its meant to be about choice! (sometimesitsjustacigar.wordpress.com)
- Dear Feminist Times: Stop telling me how to be. (diycouturier.com)
- As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother | Lola Okolosie (oddonion.com)
- As a black feminist, I see how the wider movement fails women like my mother | Lola Okolosie (theguardian.com)