Against the Current: Collective works on State Violence, identity and Resistance


The Black Woman: An Anthology and This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color were revolutionary pieces of their time. They worked to create a sense of community, self-determination, and necessary discussion amongst each other. They defied society’s images and narratives about them, complicated ideas of power, all the while creating space for themselves to be validated and seen. These strong works and their messages have not become irrelevant in our current era. Instead, they provide us a framework in which to understand how these same systems of oppression still oppress women of color and inspire new activists to pick up where the past ones left off. None of the current injustices today exist in a vacuum, and the need for us to connect to the past to fully understand our current context is even more crucial. Analyzing these anthologies is not the end-all solution. But these works and the legacy of women of color are a good place to start.

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  1. Jonathan Bachman - Unrest in Baton Rouge