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Topic of the second week
Black Feminism and Structural Racism

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This week we want to put light on Black Feminism and Structural Racism.

By Gloria Ssanyu Mukasa

Racism is a form of discrimination that bases on the assumption that people from different origin have different values and rights. From this follows a hierarchy that was fundamental for the colonization of the global south and especially disadvantageous for Black people.

Racism is not only a phenomenon but mechanism based on power and control. Back in the day, it enabled colonial nations superiority from which they could maintain the economic and political system of capitalism, which enabled the accumulation of wealth through colonial exploitation.
Since capitalism is still the ruling economic and political system of today, racism still shapes the spheres of many societies worldwide. That is why one can speak of a structural manifestation, structural racism.

Due to that, daily struggle is real in many of Black people’s realities. However, there have always been forms of self-organization and the will to fight for freedom, equality and liberation.
Black women and feminists form’s of self-organization key to most of the liberation struggles.

Black feminism is not only an intersectional theory created in the 1970s by African-American women but also lived by many Black women around the world and throughout African (hi)stories.

Stay tuned to get to know to some of the many revolutionary feminists who fought for the liberation of all people.