The author began the project of this book wondering why white radical feminists were considered racists by black feminists when she knew that white feminists were not racist or considered themselves anti-racist. While committed to anti-racism, white feminists had grown up in segregation and, especially in the north, did not know or have experience of black people as equals. The author's whiteness kept her from understanding the perspective of African American women and from seeing the impact of race and class on all young activists. Eventually, she revised her research questions in order to see how both groups of women experienced each other and how they were able, only after years of painful learning about racism, to devise a politics that enabled them to work politically across race.
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