This is an important book to read if you consider yourself a feminist but feel marginalized by the strange world of Feminists and Feminist Theory, where there seems to be an established canon. Let me just say that this is one of the first books I bought in my undergraduate career in 1985, and it's one of the few I still keep in my library, to read when I need to get back on track to continuing to define feminism as it suits MY experience.
I found that after reading this book that I too feel that black women really can't consider themselves feminists. When a feminist says that they want to be equal to their male counterpart, the black women says that they would never want to be equal to a black man. The oppressed black women is really the only person that can complain about anything. White women were not slaves in America during the 19th century. Maybe the meaning of feminist should be change to WhiteFemalism.
One thing that you must keep in mind while reading this book is that defining "feminist" as white or black is not the issue. There are many feminISTS and I think that some readers would be simplistic by saying that Feminism = white women's issues. While that has certainly been the case with liberal feminism, not all other groups of feminists hold these ideals. Perhaps the issue we need to address is oppression as a WHOLE, thus ending this focus on "issues" feminism. Once we can do this we can finally concentrate on ending oppression for ALL and not waste our time fighting EACH OTHER for the title of "true" feminist.
Well, it just goes to show that clueless white males are the real problem when white feminists and Black feminists conjoin their efforts to fight patriarchy. As a white woman and a feminist, I am disgusted by the way eurocentric, heterosexist patriarchy continues to rear its ugly head while the rest of us are out there changing attitudes. This is a great book, an inspiration and nothing less than that, and I for one am grateful to the unbelievably courageous writer who has given it to us.