The Origin of the phrase “Women of Color”
Terms like ‘women of color’ are not just descriptions, but have political and ideological histories and current meanings. Here’s a clip of Loretta Ross, cofounder and national coordinator of SisterSong -Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, sharing one of the birthing moments of the term ‘women of color’.
“They didn’t see [Women of Color] as a biological designation… It is a solidarity definition. It is a commitment to work in collaboration with other oppressed Women of Color who have been ‘minoritized.’”
And remember, there would be no such thing as “Women of Color” without the political work of Black women.
One thing b-binaohan has said (and I’m sure many Black people) is that you cannot claim to be a “woman of color” without solidarity (ACTIVE solidarity) to Black people, Black women specifically. Remember dat.
The Mouth should have three gatekeepers.
Is it true?
Is it kind?
Is it necessary?