Transcript for Raising awareness about systemic racism in America
In light of the movement to end police brutality and raise awareness of systemic and widespread racism in America, we had to face some hard truths. We're chatting with an author and activist whose book that calls the mainstream feminist movement. She's joining us now, Mikki Kendall. Let's start by talking about the title of your book, hood feminism, what is that? Thank you for having me. "Hood feminism" is the feminism of lower-income and some no-income women in communities where they take care of themselves and each other as best as they can. You say the feminism movement has left out women of color, tell us why and tell us how. One of things that's increasingly obvious as we talk about breonna Taylor, Sandra planned bland, and so many others, that while black feminist activists are showing up and protesting police brutality, we're not seeing the same number of white feminist voices. It's slightly better since the women's March in 2016. We're still not seeing the same number of high-profile voices who have access to the kind of people in power who could affect some real change. So what would you like to see white women of means do to contribute to the larger feminist movement, including women of color? So I'd like to see do, use social power, right, we've seen a lot of pushes to become a girl boss, to do these things to give you the power to affect change around you. I want to see voices calling for, you know, not just abortion rights but also other rights to be protected. It's great to able to have a child, or choose not to have a child, but you should also be able to feed and house and educate your child, during a pandemic. Women considered essential workers are women of color. Where's the safety net for them? If it affects women, it's a feminist issue. There's no such thing as an issue that impacts the lives of women and their families that's not a feminist issue. So, what can the mainstream feminist do, how can we all be better and do better? First of all, selecting who you vote for very carefully, we have seen the consequences of that the voting decision. From the last election. Second of all, when we're talking about running for office or even in terms of what you're paying your employee, are you paying living wages? Are you pushing for the minimum wage in your area to be raised to a living wage? Are you doing thing to the early make an impact? It means showing up and standing between police brutality and your neighbors. It means not calling the police for things as mundane as someone somebody barbecuing. It means not being so focused on what you need to get ahead and more focused on what we all need to survive. I think that your words ring so true. This is such an important conversation, mikkiing thank you so much. "Hood feminism" is out now. Pick up a copy. Thank you so much for your time. We really appreciate it. Thank you for having me on.
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