Hood Feminism was our General Track read for May 2020. During that month, both Angela Davis and Nikki Giovanni discussed their thoughts on feminism, so it was only fitting that we would dive into Mikki Kendall’s novel. Kendall provides 18 separate essays which detail feminism through a Black and intersectional framework, and touches on topics such as: education gap, poverty, food and housing insecurity, and gun violence. Chloe Jones, a member of the #SmartBrownGirl Cohort, drafted the syllabus as part of our book club commitment to provide access across knowledge bases.
Here is what our SBG members had to say:
Good Feminism – Mikki Kendall’s Hood Feminism is an eye-opening read that gets straight to the point about those who are left out of the mainstream feminist ideas. In Hood Feminism, Kendall highlights many issues and topics which are prevalent in marginalized communities which have feminine members who are not thought to be a part of the mainstream feminist movement. This exclusion de-legitimizes and limits the scope of the feminist movement at the expense of those who stand to be strong attributes. Hood Feminism provides a compelling case for including those who are left out in order to make the movement truly inclusive, credible, and “accomplished”. White women in mainstream feminism do not want to openly admit that their whiteness places them in a position to oppress other people, including other women and men. This position excludes them from experiencing some issues that are specific to others because of race and culture. The politics involved in maintaining the current systems of patriarchy and white supremacy are as old as the country. The benefits of these systems have always and continue to provide protections for white women at the expense of all other women and men. Mainstream feminism has both liberal and conservative feminists who claim to be working toward the same goals of equality from different angles. Mikki Kendall’s book Hood Feminism is an honest read reflecting on the lack of effectiveness of the current mainstream feminist movement. There are millions of marginalized women who are left out of the current feminist movement’s agenda only to be misused to further the predetermined objectives to service middle class white women. – Antoinette