Davis gave a lecture at the University of Chicago to share her advice in the aftermath of the election of Trump.The most notable insight she gave contrasts with much of the liberal rhetoric for coping with the election. Citing the Nixon administration, she warned against viewing this election as a “wake up call” that could finally shake the country into a progressive agenda.

Her commentary on Hillary Clinton embraced an insightful critique of her exclusive notion of feminism. Starting with a 1972 letter for white Southern women written by Ann Braden, “I believe that no white woman reared in the South, or perhaps anywhere in this racist country, can find freedom as a woman until she deals in her own consciousness with the question of race.” Regarding the intersection of race and gender she continues reading, “These two mythologies become intertwined, and there is no way to free ourselves from one without dealing with the other.” Finishing the letter, she states, “You know she wrote this in 1972, and it seems like Hillary Clinton should have read her,” to a booming applause.

Davis explained that Clinton’s “very notion of shattering the glass ceiling reveals that she never attempted to incorporate the insights of intersectionality into her idea of feminism.” She compares Clinton’s unpopularity to Bernie Sanders’, whose “popularity was due precisely because he was not afraid to pose critiques of capitalism.” Her critique did not escape sanders, who she saw as “just learning how to incorporate a critique of racism into his analysis. [. . .] He should have sat down with some folks and asked for a crash course on intersectionality.”

Wrapping up, she explained her frustration at the ongoing inability to understand the true meaning of Black Lives Matter. She exclaimed that it was the most inclusive phrase there could be, for “If we reached a state where black lives did matter, it would truly mean that all lives do matter.”

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One response »

  1. emacune says:

    I agree with Davis and think that addressing intersectionality is the only way to really solve any problems. No problems are ever going to be solved if race is never considered as a factor.

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