Black Feminist Perspectives on African Diasporas, An Interview
- Archaeologist, Black Feminist Unearths Contributions of African Diaspora, Everyday People
By Max Eternity, Truthout.org
29 February 2012
Every February is Black History Month, which presents many opportunities to explore and contextualize the broader, nuanced and less familiar aspects of what it means to be an American man, woman or child. This is all the more true when it comes from an African Diaspora perspective.
So, what happens when one comes to understand that race is more of a social construct and not a biological fact?From that perspective, how should one interpret and convey the black experience in America?
And what does it mean to live "an existence where the direct effects of racism are still a part of the everyday?" These are questions that stem from the larger question: what is the meaning of race? Questions that Whitney Battle-Baptiste says will be answered according to how each individual thinks about this country's historical past.
Battle-Baptiste is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and these are just a few of the issues posed in her new book "Black Feminist Archaeology" - a book in which she holds in juxtapositions the often-dueling oppression that accompany both race and gender identity.
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