Combahee River Collective

Identity Politics and Elite Capture

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò

The black feminist Combahee River Collective manifesto and E. Franklin Frazier’s Black Bourgeoisie share the diagnosis that the wealthy and powerful will take every opportunity to hijack activist energies for their own ends.

The Combahee River Collective statement

The Combahee River Collective statement

A 1977 statement by a black feminist group which is widely considered a foundational text of the 'intersectional' approach to identity politics, which emphasises multiple, simultaneous forms of oppression.