Publication Date


Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)


Type of Culminating Activity


Degree Title

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Advisor

Christina Ivey, Ph.D.


Amy Arellano, Ph.D.


Alicia Garza, Ph.D.


The following thesis is a Black Feminist Autoethnographic confrontation of white supremacist, racist ideology. I assert that Black people are in an abusive relationship with America. Utilizing the Cycle of Violence, the relationship abuse framework, Critical Race theory and Black Feminist Thought, this thesis explores the violent ways America abuses Black bodies and how that abuse affects our very beings. Utilizing autoethnography to record what others have erased, I confront my abusers in all of their different forms, including the internalized abuse of self. This writing is a process of uncovering and (re)covery. This recovery process will examine the convergence of the political, the cultural and the personal while exposing the master narrative or dominant norms that inflict violence on Black, brown, queer, trans, and otherwise marginalized bodies. I integrate Black Feminist Autoethnography, love, and Black Feminist Pedagogy to create a counternarrative which repositions my truth at the center and validates my way of being and knowing as valid, dignified, and whole.