The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked

Feminists must denounce the use of white insecurity—whether in relation to white womanhood, white neighborhoods, white politics, or white wealth—to justify the brutal assaults against black people of all genders. Antiracists must acknowledge that patriarchy has long been a weapon of racism and cannot sit comfortably in any politic of racial transformation. We must all stand against both the continual, systematic and structural racial inequities that normalize daily violence as well as against extreme acts of racial terror. Policy responses that fail to reflect an intersectional approach are doomed to fail.