Reflecting on Am I a Black Woman or a Woman Who Is Black? A Few Thoughts on the Meaning of Intersectionality

  • Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)


It has been an amazing 11-year journey since I wrote this piece that I will now attempt to reflect on. During this time, some of the issues/concerns I asserted in the initial piece are still germane to me and I am still confronting how I do intersectionality. In this chapter, I am less concerned with “updating” or “talking back” to “Am I a Black Woman or a Woman who is Black”; instead I want to focus a bit more on how I have grappled with the questions/issues I raised in that article. I conclude with a critical reflection of where I am regarding my relationship to and with intersectionality—both personal and professional. This reflection will not be “perfect”, but it will be my truth (a cornerstone for me as I practise intersectionality). As a practice, I am committed to self-reflection, community empowerment, truth telling, and most importantly justice and liberation—and I bring this all to my studies of intersectionality and public policy.


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  • Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
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  1. 1.Providence CollegeProvidenceUSA

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