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Why all the black women sit together on the U-Bahn


Bass,  Madeline
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Bass, M., Davis, C., Nedsreal, N., & Walendom, L. (2023). Why all the black women sit together on the U-Bahn. In S. Chatterjee, & P.-H. Lee (Eds.), Plural Feminisms: Navigating Resistance as Everyday Praxis (pp. 59-74). London: Bloomsbury Academic. doi:10.5040/9781350332706.ch-4.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000D-EF3C-4
The title of this essay, and the seminal educational text it is drawn from, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, both pose a question with resounding relevance to Black communities across the (white) world; rephrased one might ask why the rest of the U-Bahn (the German underground train) is so hostile, what about it has made the group of Black girls cluster so closely together. It is with this latter point that we are concerned with here, sitting with the cluster as a way of understanding space-making and resistance practices. In this chapter, drawing from autoethnographic explorations emerging from our Afro-diasporic lives in Germany, we seek to explore both the conditions of unsafety (which prompts the urge to group together at all), and add some clarity to the way we create alterities and sites of strength....