From Slavery to the #MeToo Era: Black Women's Struggle Against Sexual Violence

Socialism 2018

July 05, 2018
With Akua Ofori

Note: This talk was only partially recorded

From slavery to Jim Crow to the #MeToo era, sexual violence, particularly against Black women and girls, has historically been a tool of racial terrorism and control in the U.S. Drawing onDanielle McGuire's work,At the Dark End of the Street,and the work of Black socialists and feminists, including Angela Davis, Kimberle Crenshaw, and Dorothy Roberts, this talk will discuss the distinct experiences of sexual violence faced by black women historically, and today, and how these experiences are shaped by multiple interlocking oppressions that black women face with respect to race, class, gender, and sexuality. The talk will also discuss organizing efforts that have taken on sexual violence against black women, with emphasis on McGuire's book on anti-rape organizing by black women in the South during the 1940s and into the civil rights movement.

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