On my praxis
“Hood feminist” refers to the book Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall.
Broadly, the phrase is about centering the needs of the most marginalized and vulnerable members of our society, ensuring that the people with the least have everything that they need rather than directing resources toward those who already have more than enough.
Kendall grounds the text in intersectionality and uses accessible language to broach topics such as reproductive justice, gun violence, and mental health.
“I am not ashamed of where I came from; the hood taught me that feminism isn’t just academic theory. It isn’t a matter of saying the right words at the right time. Feminism is the work that you do, and the people you do it for who matter more than anything else” (xiii).
Praxis is an inseparable part of Black feminist thought. What it looks like for me continues to evolve, but my motivation comes from love of people and community above all else.
I do grassroots organizing with EndState ATL, a democratically-run Black org that focuses on mutual aid and political education. Our work is rooted in Black queer feminism and the desire to do what we can where we can.