She states in the "Acknowledgements" section of this 1999 book, "Shadowboxing is one of many works refracting 'official' or state politics. Although its author is represented as an individual writer, its insights come from many political and cultural workers."
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"Shadowboxing stands as something of an anomaly in mainstream social and political thought, as well as in black feminist thought. Its discussions seek to unmask political dominance and the limits of liberalism or civil rights advocacy. The book highlights black women's challenges to state power and antiradicalism within conventional politics and within feminist and antiracist politics, as well as describes how cultural stereotypes obscure political agency." (Pg. 8) "Racist and state violence and exploitation as 'public' overshadow the 'private' violence and exploitation within black families in antiracist rhetoric and organizing." (Pg. 68) "Black feminist liberaton ideology challenges state power by addressing class exploitation, racism, nationalism, and sexual violence with critiques of and activist confrontations with corporate-state policies." (Pg. 83) "Blacks share with gays and prostitutes the stereotypes of being 'naturally' and primarily sexual. In fetishized representations, they are all aberrational beings who court their own abuse." (Pg. 140) "The walls built by isolationist discourse cause black women who refuse to bind to identities polarized as either 'black' or 'female' to be accused of gender or racial venality." (Pg. 185)
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Using many of the same historical figures found in Transcending the Talented Tenth (LJ 11/1/96), James (ethnic studies, Univ. of Colorado at Boulder) rejects the liberalism of conventional black feminism for a radical agenda, which, in the tradition of black feminists Ella Baker and Ida B. Wells, targets capitalism and the state as perpetuators of race, class, and gender oppression. Their legacy of radicalism and activism is juxtaposed to the black feminist praxis and thought of Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, and Elaine Brown. This book successfully demonstrates that black feminism is authentically rooted in the black community. Especially enlightening is James's discussion on "distinctions between black men championing black females as patriarchal protectors and black men championing feminism to challenge sexism." An interdisciplinary and well-analyzed representation of radical black women fighting for rights and visibility. Recommended for women's studies, African American studies, or political collections.ASherri Barnes, Long Island Univ. Lib., Brooklyn Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.