A review by massivepizzacrust
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall

challenging informative reflective slow-paced


I think you have to go into reading this with the mentality of working to be a better ally to Black people, and wanting to become an accomplice as Kendall calls it. It's not really an easy book to get through because the author is rightfully angry at the systems that hold Black people down, and unfortunately these systems are supported by white women. 
It was a weird read for me as a first gen immigrant college student that spent most of her life in a part of the world with very different race dynamics. Technically I am white in the US so I felt like a lot of the anger was directed at me even though I haven't really had the time or power to have an impact on US power systems. But I think that's my own desire to be liked by everyone, and I just need to get over it. Anyway, kind of ties into the fact that you have to read this book prepared to put your own emotional issues aside and just listen to an angry Black woman tell you how the systems are broken. I still learned a lot and I really recommend the book. 
I always feel conflicted about rating books highlighting minority issues. On the one hand, I want this book to have more exposure because I think it could kindle new thoughts and actions in white feminists. On the other, I don't really feel qualified to judge the book because I'm not part of most of these minorities. This wasn't my favorite read of all time. But I think it's an important book to spotlight because it doesn't make you feel like just by reading it you've become a better person, it demands action. And I think that's a really important part of the conversation we're continuing to have. 

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