In an open letter to my young twins, I reflect on an open letter from the past and consider the context of this one: the historic moment of living through a pandemic anticipating a presidential election in 2020. In this reflection, I document the circumstances of our family’s life and turn toward what we are learning. My children have taught me to recognize my need for and commitment to Black feminist conceptions of love. I share a story and imagine letting go of conditional, enwhitened love that fears discomfort. Black feminist conceptions of love cannot coexist with fear and must promote freedom instead. I end with a manifesto and commitment to this way of loving.
Harlan Eller, K. (2021). Black Feminist Love: An Open Letter to My Children. Occasional Paper Series, 2021 (46). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2021/iss46/14
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