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Beyond RespectabilityThe Intellectual Thought of Race Women$
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Brittney C. Cooper

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040993

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040993.001.0001

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(p.141) Epilogue
Beyond Respectability

Brittney C. Cooper

University of Illinois Press

Despite the fact that Black feminism, as a critical locus of Black women’s twentieth century knowledge production, has become a fully institutionalized field of academic specialization since the late 1970s, the contention of this book has been that there is still a requisite and tacit failure to take Black women’s work, as thinkers and theorists on broader questions affecting Black people, seriously. Yes, Black feminist women’s arguments about the centrality of gender to racial concerns have gained major academic currency, as evidenced by the broad use of intersectional discourse in numerous fields and disciplines. And yes, the new Black Lives Matter Movement, particularly as conceived by Garza, Tometi, and Cullors has made Black feminist politics the currency of Black radical thought. But the fact that Alicia Garza’s comments written in the second decade of the twenty-first century, sound eerily similar to commentary from Anna Julia Cooper writing in the nineteenth century, and Pauli Murray, Toni Cade Bambara and bell hooks writing in the twentieth suggests that not enough has changed.

Keywords:   Black feminism, intersectionality, Black Lives Matter, Melissa Harris-Perry, politics, race women

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