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By Cheryl Higashida



Black Internationalist Feminism examines how African American ladies writers affiliated themselves with the post-World struggle II Black Communist Left and built a special strand of feminism. This very important but mostly ignored feminist culture equipped upon and seriously retheorized the postwar Left's "nationalist internationalism," which hooked up the liberation of Blacks within the usa to the liberation of 3rd international countries and the global proletariat. Black internationalist feminism reviews racist, heteronormative, and masculinist articulations of nationalism whereas holding the significance of nationwide liberation hobbies for attaining Black women's social, political, and fiscal rights.


Cheryl Higashida indicates how Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Rosa man, Audre Lorde, and Maya Angelou labored inside of and opposed to proven literary types to illustrate that nationalist internationalism used to be associated with struggles opposed to heterosexism and patriarchy. Exploring a various variety of performs, novels, essays, poetry, and reportage, Higashida illustrates how literature is a vital lens for learning Black internationalist feminism simply because those authors have been on the leading edge of bringing the views and difficulties of black girls to mild opposed to their marginalization and silencing.


In interpreting writing by way of Black Left girls from 1945–1995, Black Internationalist Feminism contributes to contemporary efforts to rehistoricize the outdated Left, Civil Rights, Black energy, and second-wave Black women's movements.

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Indeed, Thompson’s friendship with White and Jones, and with Esther Cooper Jackson, who prioritized Black women’s rights through the Southern Negro Youth Congress, indicates some of the sources and reach of her feminist position. ” Prioritizing autonomous Black struggle enabled Thompson to argue for Black women’s special needs and for their ability to lead the fight to address these needs.  Analysis of this triple exploitation was cogently developed by NNC treasurer Marion Cuthbert in her booklet Democracy and the Negro (1936): While the fight of Black men for work can be told as part of the story of the gains and retreats of labor as a whole, the story of the Negro woman worker needs to be told as a separate chapter in a dark history.

Imperialism central to Black feminism. The need for Guy’s Black internationalist feminism is elucidated by comparing her tale of African American female self-empowerment through Caribbean romance to a similarly themed novel published the following year, Terry McMillan’s bestseller How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1996). I read the phenomenon encompassing McMillan’s novel, a movie based on the novel, and McMillan’s very public marriage and divorce from Jonathan Plummer, the gay Jamaican man who inspired Stella, as a series of texts that yoke American exceptionalism with homophobic discourses of national belonging.

The antagonism between Black nationalism and Communism is better known than their intersections, but the origins of the Black Left undeniably complicate this narrative. ” This is made evident by considering the major source of the first known Black Communists, the African Blood Brotherhood (ABB).  Many ABB members hailed from the West Indies, including Cyril Briggs, Richard Moore, Otto Huiswood, Arthur Hendricks, Claude McKay, and W. A. Domingo, and the colonial and immigrant background of these Black radicals honed their awareness of both national oppression and class exploitation.

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