Kim Crenshaw: What Intersectionality Means for Movements
As the need for strong movement infrastructure goes, so does the urgency for us to understand — in very clear terms — the language we use to describe this moment, and our politics. Laura is joined this week by celebrated academic, organizer, and advocate Professor Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, who is perhaps best known for coining the term intersectionality.
Crenshaw discusses, among other things, the popular adoption of intersectional analysis and its subsequent backlash — often for something that it’s not, like identity politics or a synonym for “complexity.” In order to use this moment effectively and strategically to change culture, according to Crenshaw, we have to build movements that use genuine intersectional analysis to point out differences and commonalities. For example, the lack of an intersectional class analysis has shaped the outcome of the US Presidential Elections to focus on the disaffection of the rural white working class but the same policies that affect them negatively have statistically affected Black women just as much, if not more, says Crenshaw.
Plus a look at the #SayHerName campaign, which Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum have founded to advocate for Black women who are . And an F-word from Laura on why month-designations like Women’s History Month aren’t too effective unless we also make a month to cross-examine the white capitalist cis het patriarchy.
Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw is a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. She is one of the editors of “Critical Race Theory,” and currently directs the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). With AAPF, she has conducted the #SayHerName campaign.