Refusing the God Trick: Engaging Black Women's Knowledge

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Drawing on African diasporic, feminist, and decolonial streams of thought, this essay
addresses gendered and racialized biases, gaps, and silences that depreciate Black
women’s epistemological agency. The essay examines the significance of a proliferation
of recent publications, including translations, that are bringing the intellectual
contributions of Black women in the Americas to new audiences. This growing trend,
which resonates with the objectives of #CiteBlackWomen, forms an integral part of a
more comprehensive project seeking to reconstitute knowledge under conditions that
break away from the prevailing cognitive empire. The Western cultural narratives,
myths, and sleights of hand buttressing this regime inflict an epistemological violence
that harms Black women.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-190
Number of pages9
JournalCultural Anthropology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2022


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