reconsidering the use of “women and people of color”

One of my most strongly-held positions is that language matters. It gives voice and form to our ideas and thoughts, and in turn it shapes those ideas and thoughts as well.

So I appreciated when Daniel Laurison recently asked this question on twitter

especially since it was a question I’d found myself asking a little while ago too

Despite my strong feelings about the use of language, I don’t have particularly strong feelings about the phrase “women and people of color.” But especially as a Black woman, “listen to Black women” is a guiding ethos for me, so I take seriously when Black women say they don’t like the phrase.

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