On Feminist Solidarity and Community:<br />
Where Do We Go from Here?

On Feminist Solidarity and Community:
Where Do We Go from Here?

After igniting a powerful Twitter conversation about race and feminism, Mikki Kendall reflects on building bridges

by Mikki Kendall, August 19, 2013

On Feminist Solidarity and Community:<br />
Where Do We Go from Here?

healing space into something ugly enough to justify their behavior also seemed to be an impossible concept.

I have often talked about these issues with an eye towards solutions, or at least ways to begin to bridge the gaps. From what I have seen in this latest iteration, there is a dialogue that cannot happen without some internal work. True solidarity and community building demands addressing the problems inherent in a movement attempting to encompass the needs of so many different types of people. I want #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen to spark open, ongoing discussions that make it impossible for these same conversations to be happening 10 years from now, much less 100. In order for feminism to truly represent all women, it has to expand to include the concerns of a global population. The first step is listening to each other, the second is knowing that trust is a requirement for any community to be healthy, and third is doing the work of building trust and relationships so that actual solidarity is possible. We're talking. Now is an excellent time to listen.

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