Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 18–35

Beyond “Model Minority,” “Superwoman,” and “Endangered Species”: Theorizing Intersectional Coalitions among Black Immigrants, African American Women, and African American Men


DOI: 10.1007/s12111-014-9286-5

Cite this article as:
Lindsay, K. J Afr Am St (2015) 19: 18. doi:10.1007/s12111-014-9286-5


This essay brings an intersectional framework to the academic and popular discourse regarding relations of power among African American men, African American women, and Black immigrants. I demonstrate that African American women and Black immigrants are not necessarily and always more successful than African American men. Instead, all three groups share an experience of gendered and ethnicized racism that situates them differently in the labor force, the classroom, and beyond. Most importantly, African American men, African American women, and Black immigrants can forge feminist, anti-racist, and anti-nativist coalitions if and when they recognize that what it means to experience gendered and ethnicized racism is the result of rather than the reason for their politics.


Intersectionality Coalition politics Black immigrants African American women African American men 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Gender and Women Studies and Political ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA

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