The problem is not simply that both discourses fail women of color by not acknowledging the “additional” issue of race of patriarchy but, rather, that the discourses are often inadequate even to the discrete tasks of articulating the full dimensions of racism and sexism. Because women of color experience racism in ways not always the same as those experienced by men of color and sexism in ways not always parallel to experiences of white women, antiracism and feminism are limited, even on their own terms.
Critically important information here. CRITICAL. And, when Black women speak of our experiences, it is NOT to devalue Black men speaking their truths or White women speaking their truths, though often times us barely opening our mouths is interpreted as such. It’s solely because of an intersectional analysis of our experiences reveal that while there are experiences we share due to shared race and shared gender, there are ones unique to Black women, that of course further delineate when other axes of oppression are considered.