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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The fact that individual Black feminists are living in isolation all over the country, that our own numbers are small, and that we have some skills in writing, printing, and publishing makes us want to carry out these kinds of projects as a means of organizing Black feminists as we continue to do political work in coalition with other groups.

We are a ruver of Black feminists who have been meeting together since I did not statemfnt for permission to post this; it is a resource I looked for and did not find in my local public library or online. We statemen committed to a continual examination of our politics as they develop through criticism and self-criticism as an essential aspect of our practice.

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We began functioning as a study group and also began discussing the possibility of starting a Black feminist publication. We do not have racial, sexual, heterosexual, or class privilege to rely upon, nor do we have even the minimal access to resources and power that groups who possess anyone of these types of privilege have.

In the fall, when some members returned, we experienced several months of comparative inactivity and internal disagreements which were first conceptualized as a Lesbian-straight split but which were also the result of class and political differences.

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. Historian Duchess Harris believes that “the Collective was most cohesive and active when the murders in Boston were occurring. Currently we are planning to gather together a collectIon of Black feminist writing. Grant believes the CRC was most important in the “emergence of coalition politics in the late s and early s [ We discovered that all of combaher, because we were “smart” had also been considered “ugly,” i.

Contemporary Black feminism is the outgrowth of countless generations of personal sacrifice, militancy, and work by our mothers and sisters. Collective members and contributors include:. Its collecfive was to assess the state of the movement, to share information about the participants’ political work, and to talk about possibilities and issues for organizing Black women. The Combahee Collective also expressed a concern and a desire to publicly address issues of racism in the white women’s movement.


We decided at that time, with the addition of new members, to become a study group. As Angela Davis points out in “Reflections 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.

Further, because many of the women were queer, they also acknowledged oppression based on sexuality as well. 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 rive.

The reaction of Black men to feminism has been notoriously negative.

Men are not equal to other men, i. The Combahee River Collective Statement is referred to as “among the most compelling documents produced by black feminists”, [6] and Harriet Sigerman, author of The Columbia Documentary History of American Women Since calls the solutions which the statement proposes to societal problems such as racial and sexual discrimination, homophobia and classist politics “multifaceted and interconnected. The Combahee Statement also notes that, “Feminism is [ In their Encyclopedia of Government and PoliticsM.

The CRC also emphasized that they held the fundamental and shared belief that “Black women are inherently valuable, that Our politics evolve from a healthy love for ourselves, our sisters and our community which allows us to continue our struggle and work.

We have a great deal of criticism and loathing for what men have been socialized to be in this society: The Genesis of Contemporary Black Feminism, as submitted by the Combahee River Collective, was, in their view, rooted in the interlocking oppressions they endured. We have also done many workshops and educationals on Black feminism on college campuses, at women’s conferences, and most recently for high school women.

The Combahee River Collective Statement was separated into four separate chapters: As black women, the Collective argued that they experience oppression based on race, gender, and class.

A Biography of Audre LordeW. As we grew older we became aware of the threat of physical and sexual abuse by men. We realize that the only people who care enough about us to work consistently for our liberation are us. We also were contacted at that time by socialist feminists, with whom we had worked on abortion rights activities, who wanted to encourage us to attend the National Socialist Feminist Conference in Yellow Springs.


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.

African-American topics History timeline. Accusations that Black feminism divides the Black struggle are powerful deterrents to the growth of an autonomous Black women’s movement. Wallace is pessimistic but realistic in her assessment of Black feminists’ position, particularly in her allusion to the nearly classic isolation most of us face.

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 African-American society African American portal. During our time together we have identified and worked on many issues of particular relevance to Black women. Franklin, Sisters in the Struggle: Issues surrounding organizing around black feminism are rooted in the lack of power and privilege black females have.

The Collective states its basis and active goals as “committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual and class oppression” and describe their particular task as the “development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking. 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.

It leaves out far too much and far too many people, particularly Black men, women, and children. The post World War II generation of Black youth was the first to be able to minimally partake of certain educational and employment options, previously closed completely to Black people.

Combahee River Collective

CRC noted that they don’t have the privilege of their white heterosexual male and female counterparts. Equality of men and women is something that cannot happen even in the abstract world. Still, hundreds of women have been active at different times during the three-year existence of our group. A political contribution which we feel we have already made is the expansion of the feminist principle that the personal is political.