Black Womanism and White Feminism

In her article Blanche Radford Curry spells out some of the racial ignorance of much white feminism, how black womanism is a response to this and how feminism and womanism could be merged to a third voice womanism/feminism.

The African-American writer Alice Walker coined the term “womanism”. You can see her recite the famous speech, “Ain’t I a woman”, by the grand-old womanist Sojourner Truth here.

  1. Blanche Radford Curry gives several examples of how the feminism of white women all too often have been racist and exclusionary. Describe some of these examples. (pp. 246-248)
  2. Curry, as so many other black feminists before her, point out that race and gender intersect in the situation of black women in ways that are not addressed by traditional white feminism. Flesh out her reasoning on this. (pp. 248-252)
  3. Curry calls for a third womanist/feminist voice that recognizes both commonalities and differences between the problems that black and white women face as women. How does she envision this third voice? (pp. 255-260)

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