Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought:
By conserving and re-creating African-influenced cultural production, U.S. Black women participate in this larger “interrogation and resistance” effort. This dimension of activism undermines oppressive institutions by rejecting the anti-Black anti-female ideologies they promulgate. In the context of U.S. race relations organized via deeply entrenched racial segregation, having access to Black women’s standpoint, especially one dedicated to reproducing African-influenced, gender-specific resistance traditions, is essential. The Black feminist consciousness nurtured and articulated in this safe space may be all that stands between many U.S. Black women and internalized oppression.