I want to begin by thanking you for the
work that you are doing. Your writing is
eloquent and poignant. I have two questions:
Do you know how to contact WITCH? I have
searched the web, yet come up empty handed.
Is the organization disbanded perhaps?
I really need some help here. I have found
myself in what appears to be the only (oh
god I hope) massively conservative Black
Studies class in California. The only brilliant
student in the class, except for myself
of course, has raised a debate with me.
He is dutifully "radical" in his beliefs
about the history of race relations and
the current oppression in America. Every
time he raises his insights to the attention
of the class, the professor dismisses him.
The professor does the same to me when I
raise any pro-woman issue. I thought the
instructor had some intellectual elitism
issues going on until the day he belittled
my rant about FGM within Islamic communities.
I was informed that I was just being a cultural
imperialist and that FGM was not a human
rights issue, but instead a welcomed tradition.
that I have set the context of my dilemma,
I propose the problem: The other student
that I mentioned believes that black women
should not identify as feminists. He feels
that the Afrikan American community needs
as much unity as possible to overcome today's
massive obstacles. He also feels that feminism
pits black women against black men. He used
Garvey's analogy about united fingers that
can make a fist. I feel strongly that black
women must not be inactive in the feminist
movement because, by definition, feminism
opposes oppression of all types. Perhaps,
his view of feminists has been tainted by
today's media induced fervor to describe
the feminist movement in ball-busting terms
that should be threatening to everyone.
I would like your input in assisting me
to show him that feminism does not set back
the racial equality movements. This has
been an ongoing discussion for several weeks
now and apparently I am not getting through.
Since, I can't go the professor and expect
any information on the historical issues
of black women. I would like your views
as well as info on any black women-centered
feminist organizations. Keep up the great
work! Thank you so much.