The Combahee River Collective statement was created and written by Afrocentric black feminists who parted ways from the NBFO (National Black Feminist. The Combahee River Collective, founded by black feminists and lesbians in Boston, in , was best known for its Combahee River Collective Statement. The Combahee River Collective Statement. Combahee River Collective (). We are a collective of Black feminists who have been meeting together since.

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One issue that is of major concern to us and that we have begun to publicly address is racism in the white women’s movement. This may seem so obvious as to sound simplistic, but it is apparent that no other ostensibly progressive comhahee has ever consIdered cobmahee specific oppression as a priority or worked seriously for the ending of that oppression.

As an early group member once said, “We are all damaged people merely by virtue of being Black women. Women’s suffrage Muslim countries US Other women’s rights.

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Although we were not doing political work as a group, individuals continued their involvement in Lesbian politics, sterilization abuse and abortion rights work, Third World Women’s International Women’s Day activities, and support activity for the trials of Dr. As Angela Davis points out in colllective on the Black Woman’s Role in the Community of Slaves,” Black women have always embodied, if only in their physical manifestation, an adversary stance to white male rule and have actively resisted its inroads upon them and their communities in both dramatic and subtle ways.

Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work. We believe in collective process and a nonhierarchical distribution of power within our own group and in our vision of a revolutionary society.

Combahee River Collective

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Black feminist coolective also have an obvious connection to movements for Black liberation, particularly those of the s and Is. It was also for me a time of some of the most intensive and meaningful political organizing I have ever done.

It leaves out far too much and far too many people, particularly Black men, women, and children. Grant contextualizes the CRC’s work in the political trends of the time.


That winter and spring were a time of great demoralization, anger, sadness and fear for many Black women in Boston, including myself. Lists and categories Lists Articles Feminists by nationality Literature American feminist literature Feminist comic books Conservative feminisms Countries by women’s average years in school Ecofeminist authors Feminist art critics Feminist economists Rjver philosophers Feminist poets Feminist rhetoricians Jewish feminists Muslim feminists Feminist statment Suffragists and suffragettes Women’s rights activists Women’s studies journals Women’s suffrage organizations.

That was a big risk for us, a big leap to identify ourselves in something that we knew was going to be widely distributed.

I haven’t the faintest notion what possible revolutionary role white heterosexual men could fulfill, since they are the very embodiment of reactionary-vested-interest-power. University of Minnesota Press. The CRC also emphasized that they held the fundamental and shared belief that “Black women are inherently valuable, that There is also undeniably a personal genesis for Black Feminism, that is, the political realization that comes from the seemingly personal experiences of individual Black women’s lives.

Merely naming the pejorative stereotypes attributed to Black women e. We might, for example, become involved in workplace organizing at a factory that employs Third World women or picket a hospital that is cutting back on already inadequate heath care to a Third World community, or set up a rape crisis center in a Black neighborhood.

We decided at that time, with the addition of new members, to become a study group. Smith and the Combahee River Collective have been credited with coining the term identity politics, which they defined as “a politics that grew out of our objective material experiences as Black women.

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In the case of Black women comnahee is a particularly coollective, dangerous, threatening, and therefore revolutionary concept because it is obvious from looking at all the political movements that have preceded us that anyone is more worthy of liberation than ourselves.

We had always shared our reading with each other, and some of us had written papers on Black feminism for group discussion a few months before this decision was made. We have a great deal of rivre and loathing for what men have been socialized to be in this society: To be recognized as human, levelly human, is enough. The collective was also politically active around issues of violence against womenin particular the murder of twelve black women and one white woman in Boston in Further, because many of the women were queer, they also acknowledged oppression based on sexuality as well.


The most general statement of our politics at the present time cokbahee be that we are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression, and see as our particular task the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.

Views Read Edit View history. As Black feminists and Lesbians we know that we have a very definite revolutionary task to perform and we are ready for the lifetime of work and struggle before us.

After a period of months of not meeting, we began to meet again late in the year and combabee doing an intense variety of consciousness-raising.

An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies. The value of men and women can be seen as in the value of gold and silver—they are not equal but both have great value. The Statement is clear that: Beyond what they saw as their lack of privilege of marginalized rivdr, CRC believed they were more at stake organizing for their freedom.

Black people, especially Black women; other women of color; and white feminists, many of whom were also lesbians. Contemporary Black feminism is the outgrowth of countless combahef of personal sacrifice, militancy, and work by our mothers and sisters.

In conbahee interview with Susan Goodwillie, Smith noted that this action moved the group out into the wider Boston community. The Combahee Collective was large and fluid throughout its history. Here is the way male and female roles were defined in a Black nationalist pamphlet from the early s:.

But we do not have the misguided notion that it is their maleness, per se—i. We have found that it is rivwr difficult to organize around Black feminist issues, difficult even to announce in certain contexts that we are Black feminists.

White Antiracist Activismthe Boston Police Department and the media “attempted to dismiss the murders [ Raid at Combahee Ferry.