KYT: Next year marks the forieth anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement. AG: Well, I mean, I'll start with how Black feminism started to influence me.
Alicia Garza attending UC San Diego for Sociology and Anthropology. Her readings of This Bridge Called My Back that introduced her to Barbara Smith, Audre Lorde following. Zami was the first time she read anything by a Black woman talking positive way about being queer. She said it changed her entire existence.
KYT: Across different organizations and organizing projects? They were lead by white folks? AG: Yeah. The organization I spent the longest time at, ten years almost, was headed by a Black man, and that's why I decided to go there. Because I was like I can't do it any longer.
Alicia Garza explained that during political meetings, men would sit on one side and women would sit on the other. Alicia met Patrisse in 2005 when she was working for POWER. They attending this meeting with 150+ people and when Alicia had the floor to speak, she was not respected. Patrisse has experience of someone sitting in her face at a meeting from a question she asked.
AG: "But what about the folks that we're actually acceptable to? What about people like your wife and daughter? Don't you want something more for them?" KYT: Did you ask that? AG: Well, I didn't, and I'll tell you why. Because I came to realize that with a lot of those folks, they didn't have the most loving relationships with their partners and daughters.
When attending these meetings, Alicia makes it apparent that the Black men were only worried about them, not the women in their lives or community causing her to become very frustrated when trying to get her points across. "If you can look around a room and be like, "Why is my life partner not here?" and feel okay with that, then you're really not worried about the future."