Colonization is a femicide machine that kills Indigenous women with impunity. It is designed to dispossess Indigenous people of who we are and what we imagine is possible. Its goal is to eliminate our power and our nationhood; and to deceive us into believing it can be reformed, if only we wait long enough and keep chanting reconciliation.
Women from oppressed peoples routinely find themselves in liberation limbos. For instance, when Native American women began to organize the Indigenous Women’s Network, they faced criticism from some men in their communities, through the International Treaty Council and the American Indian Movement, who argued that by addressing the specificity of their oppression, indigenous women weakened the collective power of Native Americans. Similar accusations have been made against black feminists. As they interpret and dissect, describe and agitate around human existence via reflections on and interventions by and for black females, African American feminisms display an agility in paradigm-building and trashing, an imaginative power and material resistance that grant fluidity to bend lower and lower and with limber steps dance past a descending bar of political-intellectual dismissals. Their evocative agency reasserts the centrality of struggles and analyses often passed over in mainstream discourse.
"Black Feminism in Liberation Limbos" by Joy James (via rs620)