How can white feminists productively engage with black feminist thought and practice? What are some of the excuses and stumbling blocks white feminists use and encounter that circumvent alliance with black feminists and others at the intersections of different raced and gendered realities? This essay suggests the need to further a comprehensive epistemological framework, one that distinguishes between a willful ignorance that reinforces hegemonic whiteness and the reflexivity required to move towards dismantling willful ignorance, improving knowledge projects, and creating liberatory frameworks and alliances.
A Journey from Willful Ignorance to Liberal Guilt to Black Feminist Thought
Kristin Waters is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Worcester State University and Resident Scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center. She is the co-editor (with Carol B. Conaway) of Black Women's Intellectual Traditions: Speaking Their Minds (University of Vermont Press, 2007), which received the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Award from the Association of Black Women Historians. I would like to thank Carol B. Conaway, Andrea Dottolo, Champika K. Soysa, and Julia Jiaqi O'Reilly for valuable conversations and comments. Correspondence to: Kristin Waters, Department of Philosophy, Sullivan Academic Center, S-316, Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA 01602, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Kristin Waters; A Journey from Willful Ignorance to Liberal Guilt to Black Feminist Thought. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 September 2016; 5 (3): 108–115. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2016.5.3.108
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