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In a Classroom of Their OwnThe Intersection of Race and Feminist Politics in All-Black Male Schools$
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Keisha Lindsay

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041730

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041730.001.0001

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Building Progressive Coalitions around Experience-Based Politics

Building Progressive Coalitions around Experience-Based Politics

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(p.100) 4 Building Progressive Coalitions around Experience-Based Politics
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In a Classroom of Their Own
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Keisha Lindsay

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041730.003.0005

This dialectic between experience and politics sheds important light on the possibility of building coalitions among disadvantaged groups. Such coalitions are possible when social groups use a normative-critical understanding of power to interrogate the assumptions and demands associated with their own and others’ experience-based claims. Doing this allows ABMS’ supporters to recognize that they, like their feminist critics, make emancipatory and oppressive experiential claims. They are consequently united by a conundrum - how to reap the benefits without succumbing to the limitations of their respective claims. The end of this chapter concretizes this vision of coalition building by detailing a specific circumstance - a roundtable on ABMS in which supporters and critics assess the risks and rewards of constructing black boys as intersectionally oppressed.

Keywords:   coalitions, roundtable, interrogate, feminist critics, experience-based claims, normative-critical, power

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