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“We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains”: Activist Sustainability for Black Women and Gender Non-binary Racial Justice Activists in the Black Lives Matter Movement

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dc.contributor.advisor Manuel-Scott, Wendi
dc.contributor.author Harris, Kalia D
dc.creator Harris, Kalia D
dc.date 2019-05-02
dc.date.accessioned 2019-07-02T14:59:29Z
dc.date.available 2019-07-02T14:59:29Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/11520
dc.description.abstract This study focused on the obstacles that Black women and gender non-binary racial justice activists (ages 18-32) face to their full participation in Black Lives Matter activism and the ways that they sustain themselves. Using a phenomenological approach, interviews were conducted with five Black women and gender non-binary racial justice activists in the Black Lives Matter movement to examine how they got involved in BLM activism, what obstacles they face to their full participation in activism, and what self-care strategies they use to sustain themselves within their activism. The findings of this study support Black feminist scholarship and expand upon understandings of activist burnout by confirming that Black queer activists experience racial battle fatigue. This study challenges current literature on racial battle fatigue and activist burnout, suggesting that the simultaneous and interlocking systems of racism, sexism, homophobia, and heterosexism must be included in any analysis of burnout.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject activist sustainability en_US
dc.subject activist burnout en_US
dc.subject Black feminist theory en_US
dc.subject queer theory en_US
dc.subject social movement theory en_US
dc.subject social justice en_US
dc.title “We Have Nothing to Lose but Our Chains”: Activist Sustainability for Black Women and Gender Non-binary Racial Justice Activists in the Black Lives Matter Movement en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Interdisciplinary Studies en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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