In 1990, when the first edition of Patricia Hill Collins's Black Feminist Thought1 was published, I was a ten-year-old biracial black and white “blackgirl”2 whose white mother had recently fled her violent white boyfriend who regularly screamed at and about her “nigger baby” in an alcohol- and drug-induced haze. That same year I found myself resentfully attending Alateen meetings while my mom attended Al-Anon3; ashamedly wetting the bed during nightmares; indignantly tolerating our etched-on-Michigan's-highways transience between my uncle's in Melvindale, grandmother's in Detroit, and school in Redford; and stubbornly expressing the worst attitude I could conjure up as a fifth-grader. My little blackgirl self was wounded, fearful, angry, and assured by...
Cultivating Promise and Possibility: Black Feminist Thought as an Innovative, Interdisciplinary, and International Framework
Rachel Alicia Griffin is Assistant Professor of Race and Communication in the Department of Communication at University of Utah. Correspondence to: Rachel Alicia Griffin, Department of Communication, University of Utah, Languages and Communication Building, 255 S. Central Campus Drive, Rm. 2400, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Rachel Alicia Griffin; Cultivating Promise and Possibility: Black Feminist Thought as an Innovative, Interdisciplinary, and International Framework. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2016; 5 (3): 1–9. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.3.1
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