While many view the terms "women of color" and "people of color" as trite phrases that don't accurately describe the histories or experiences of Blacks, activist Loretta Ross provides important historical background on the origin of the phrase. She underscores that the use of "women of color" is about exerting a political identity in opposition to white supremacy.
Loretta is the co-author of Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice. Purchase it here
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