Sisterhood in the Struggle: Possibilities Beyond the Colour Line
Using our personal experiences, this paper will attempt to create and generate a discussion on the possibilities/impossibilities of establishing allies between the races in a white capitalist society. For example, as a Black woman, how do I resolve the history of oppression and continued experiences of inequalities between Black and White women. How do we establish the necessary elements needed such as honesty, respect, authenticity, trust, ability to listen and to be heard, reciprocity, and the unequal/unearned power to create a trusting relationship. On the other hand, how does my White feminist sister, balance the challenges of being a trusted ally given the unequal power afforded her through whiteness.
Keywords: Feminism, Sisterhood, Colonization, Allies, White Privilege, Power, Race
Dr. Janet M. Haynes
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Univeristy of Minnesota
Dr. Johanna Garrison
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, University of Minnesota