Sexist-racist attitudes are not merely present in the conciousness of men in American society; they surface in all our ways of thinking and being. All too frequently in the women’s movement it was assumed one could be free of sexist thinking by simply adopting the appropriate feminist rhetoric; it was further assumed that identifying oneself as oppressed freed one from being an oppressor. To a very grave extend such thinking prevented white femnists from understanding and overcoming their own sexist-racist attitudes toward black women. They could pay lip-service to the idea of sisterhood and solidarity between women but at the same time dismiss black women.
— bell hooks, Ain’t I A Woman