About The Book
IntersectionAllies is a tool for beginning important conversations with children about difference, activism, empathy, safety and inclusion.
IntersectionAllies: We Make Room For All uses the CLC Collective's expertise in race, immigration and gender studies to illustrate feminist perspectives on social justice for tomorrow’s leaders. The book's nine vignettes demonstrate how children's safety concerns are shaped by their other intersecting identities--like gender, class, ability, race, religion, culture and citizenship. This insight is known in feminist academic and activist circles as "intersectionality," a term coined by critical race theorist Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw in her legal work about how race shapes violence against women and their encounters with the justice system.
The book will be published by Dottir Press in Spring 2019, and features a afterword by the esteemed Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, author of Intersectionality: An Intellectual History.
To be an effective ally, children need to develop the ability to see their friends’ needs through an intersectional lens.
Throughout IntersectionAllies, we use the first-person perspective in alignment with feminist standpoint theory, as a way to honor the validity of knowledge produced through women's and girls' lived-experiences.
The characters in IntersectionAllies suggest ways that friends can support one another despite different positions in life—a lesson that parents can learn as they read along with their children.
There aren’t many heroines, let alone heroines of color, in our media today. IntersectionAllies disrupts the status quo through the stories of nine children from diverse backgrounds.
Through colorful rhyming stanzas, the characters explains their unique concerns about safety. For example, safety for an African American child in the context of anti-black racism requires a different form of allyship than defending a Muslim girl living at the intersection of Islamophobia, xenophobia and sexism. Likewise, safety for a genderqueer child may be pursued through different means than for a child of immigrants, whose citizenship status protects her mother while street-vending to make ends meet.
Teaching new ideas to children works best when caretakers are given tools that help them begin difficult conversations. As current events make clear, intersectionality is too often an empty qualifier in feminist praxis. Even adults with activist experience can benefit from a course on Intersectionality 101.
IntersectionAllies ends with an adult “syllabus," including citation information for the scholarly studies we used to form our character narratives.
The book is both a fun read for kids and a resource for adults who may struggle to break down what it means to be an ally to a friend from a different background.