As a Black woman, race matters. As a Black women progressive, race also matters. I have always thought that by default, Black women have had to be more progressive than everyone else, by way of where we stand on the social hierarchy in the U.S. (and in other Western countries). From my observations, in the instances where non-progressive views are being portrayed by Black women— it is due to an inability to push race to the bottom of our consciousness. This is because our race and gender are intrinsically tied together. The two— in the moments that they are unable to be reconciled—are unable to compete with one another. That is because race matters. In that, as a whole (again, in terms of…